Posts Tagged ‘goals’

Sailing’s Relationship Lessons

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

One of the major skills that sailing requires of most of its contestants is teamwork. On boats large and small, the ability to work well with others towards a common goal is essential to success. The lessons learned for getting in sync with others on the water can often be useful on land, applied to the relationships that we carry on in our daily lives. These lessons need not be limited only to relationships of the romantic variety; they can apply to anyone we work and live with, between family members, spouses, friends, coworkers, or a number of other interpersonal dynamics.

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Resolution, not Dissolution

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

In a sport as cerebral as sailing, there’s a certain psychological self-awareness needed in order to stay motivated while on the racing circuit. The sailor needs to understand how each event—each piece of their campaign—fits into the larger picture to remember why they are going through the campaign in the first place. It often helps to remind ourselves why we work so hard at it, whether we’re pursuing a major championship down the line, or just enjoying each race as it comes. Without genuinely wanting to be at a regatta and feeling that they need to be there, a sailor who’s been on the road a little too long can find their motivation waning and performance suffering. Keeping motivation up is just as important off the water, whenever we set a challenging goal.

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