My Cart


Smooth Sailing

Posted on November 04 2015

What drives you? What creates your lever for change? How do you stay focused in a world that is constantly demanding more? Lately, I have had many conversations, debates, and monologues with myself about what these things are for me. One of the root ideas that have come up during these conversations is the need for consistency. So, that is where we will start. Consistency. I want to explore why consistency is important and give you a glimpse into how I create consistency in my own life. Jim Rohn said, “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” How do you set your sail? By answering this question you will start to move toward consistency almost by default. Too many people wake up in the morning, rush through breakfast and get to work not focused. They’re blown from one direction to the next never setting their sail, and their mindset is the same at home. No plan and no focus. Does this sound like you? I realized a few years ago that the most important part of setting my own sail is physical and centered around working out. I’ve adopted a mantra concerning this: “the physical drives the mental.” When I become undisciplined in my workouts (my sail isn’t set) I can become less focused (like a boat adrift at sea). So, I start by setting my sail with 5-6 workouts a week, each at varying lengths of time. I may do 20 minutes of yoga or 60 minutes of resistance training, or I may go to the track to do 3 miles of intervals. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what I do as long as I push myself past where I was at the last time I did that workout. This helps to focus on what matters most in life to me - family, work, and friends. So, how can you find out what the first step is for you to “set your sail?” Ask yourself a few questions. What personally interests you? What will get you out of your comfort zone? Are you willing to do this 3-6 days a week? Here are a few ideas to get your thoughts flowing; mediation, yoga, reading, walking, and running. The key is you do this for you. You now know how to set your sail and create momentum in your daily life. What’s important now is being consistent to create the change your looking for. Image Source: