Sunday, February 8, 2009

Making Adjustments

The Pessimist complains about the wind...The Optimist expects it to change...

The Realist adjusts the sails...

We are not certain when we first saw this William Arthur Ward quote but we liked it then and it floated to the top of a pile of papers in the office this week and we still like it.

In swimming (indeed all sports and life in general) we see all kinds of folks - both as swimmers and as coaches. When we look at those who seem to be having all the fun, you know, the ones who are having success on a fairly regular and consistent basis...well, we see the realists.

We all have to deal with "wind", usually on a daily basis. The trick is what we do with it. The above pretty much outlines the three responses: 1 - complain, 2 - hope for things to get better, 3 - figure out a way to deal with the situation and then act on your plan.

So this week, when you get tossed a "curve ball" figure out what you are going to do with it. Complaining doesn't fix anything, nor does hope. What is needed is a plan and then implementation. And if your plan goes awry, make a new one. Keep working on the solution. Get help if you need it but keep working toward a better course of action...adjust your sails!

Have fun and let us know how it goes for you...

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