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Creative Every Day: Steer Your Ship

If you don’t steer your own ship, no one else will.

And then one of two things will happen:

Possibility one: your ship will go way, way off course

Possibility two: your ship will get pirated and take off on another person’s course

Possibility three: your ship will crash on the rocks, spilling out all of your treasures and supplies into the ocean

Don’t let any of these things happen to you. Steer your own ship. Here’s the wheel. It was in your hands all along.

How about you? Are you steering your ship?

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  • Jess March 25, 2011, 3:51 pm

    I’m trying, Christina! It’s always good to have a reminder that your destiny is in your own hands. I was just laid off from my job two weeks ago. While I was working, I dreamed about starting a freelance writing career. Well, now is my chance! It’s up to me to do it.

    good pep talk!

  • Anonymous March 25, 2011, 4:50 pm

    Although I agree with steering my own ship, the challenge is unknown storms and unexpected rocks or icebergs or whatever images you might prefer. To return to the notion of mission, if you have no mission and no vision of where you are heading, any course will do. If you have vision, you can decide how to get around the rocks and through the storms to get back on course. Probably takes patience and guts and a bit of serendipity.

  • Anonymous March 25, 2011, 4:55 pm

    I’d go even deeper, Mary, and I think I do in Get Known…before mission there needs to be an audience, an intention to serve that audience, and a recognition of strengths and weaknesses in carry that service out. For me, mission comes later and is much more flexible than most traditional perspectives on mission statements, which could be, staying with your analogy, like staying the course even in the face of a giant storm, which might, of course, prove fatal. 😉

  • Jamie March 25, 2011, 10:17 pm

    Some days I feel moored to the dock of endless laundry and messy house. I need to cut that rope.