“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it.”~Jonathan Winters
I like this idea. I’m not the best swimmer, but I’ve spent too much time waiting for ships to dock so that I can get on them and sail away. I love the visual of swimming out to meet my ship – finding it and catching it.
We all have hopes and dreams. Yet too often you talk about the “trip” you want to take, book passage on the ship that will get you to your destination…and then spend time standing on the shore, waiting for your ship to dock. You patiently (or not so patiently) sit tight until “the time is right” or “things line up.” You yearn for the right phone call to come in, or the email to arrive – and you wait.
I coach my clients to do as Jonathan Winters suggests – to swim out and meet their ship. If there is something that you really want, then it’s your job to reach for it. If there’s someone you really want to meet, then it’s your job to reach out to them. You may need to do some research first and prepare yourself – you may even need to learn to swim first – but then you need to get out into the waters to meet your ship.
When you find yourself sitting on the dock waiting for your ship to come in, dive in and swim.
What ship are you waiting for? How can you swim out and meet it?
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