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What currents are causing you to drift?
According to the United States Navy Bluejacket's Manual, drifting is the speed at which a ship is pushed off course by wind and current. To ensure a vessel is secured, Sailors use anchors and mooring lines to keep it steadfast. Marine vessels held in position by an anchor on the ocean bottom or tied up to a pier using mooring lines are moored.
Despite the safe and secure appearance of the vessel, ships are very much subject to drift due to wind, tides, currents, and the lack of preservation of the anchor or the lines. Just like those currents can cause a vessel to drift, our life currents also make us drift from our authentic selves. Our life currents are alcohol, drugs, immorality, financial issues, political policies, stagnate relationships, the inability to make decisions, false doctrines, and rebellion. Our life currents can cause the death of our emotions, the death of our decision-making ability, the end of our relationships, and sometimes physical death.
In a previous post, I wrote about principle decision-making and asked, "do you live by principle or preference?" If you haven't read it, I highly recommend checking it out at PRINCIPLES VS PREFERENCE (speak2myheartlifecoach.com). The post discusses the difference between the two decision-making processes and which is better for you.
Vessels have anchors and lines, we have morals, principles, and policies that we rely on for our solid foundation to keep us in place, and yet we still drift. Amazingly enough, it doesn't take any effort to drift. All you have to do is allow yourself to become stagnate, not speak up, become comfortable, not check in on your relationships, or look the other way. The more you drift away from your morals and principles, the more you lose your authentic self and become a masked version of who you are. The longer you remain untethered from your foundation, the more you start to do things you would never have dreamed of doing.
To stop drifting, you first have to realize you are adrift. Second, you must acknowledge and take action to remove the habits and people causing distractions in your life. You have to be more aware of what's happening with others and sometimes have a challenging conversation that might cause some disagreement. Allowing things to happen by chance can give the illusion of you not caring, which can cause others to drift. Lastly, trust the process by continuing to plan, review, and rework your goals to get you to that better version of yourself. #SPEAK2MYHEART