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During my sailing days, anchoring a ship was a common operation
Ships usually drop anchor when they have to wait in a place e.g. outside a port to get a free berth
Sometimes, ship’s drop anchor to reduce speed in an emergency e.g. to avoid a collision with another ship
Now anchoring is a very critical operation and if not executed properly, it can cause an accident
Interestingly, the size of the anchor as compared to the overall size of the ship is very small
But it still prevents the ship from drifting away
FYI, the weight of an anchor is usually 5-15 tonnes, whereas the weight of a ship could be as high as 50,000 tonnes and more
The weight of the anchor, the anchor chain, the seabed, the weather conditions – all play an important role in holding a ship in position
Because as a leader, you need to find YOUR OWN ANCHOR
Something which holds you true and authentic to your cause
Something which keeps you well grounded, especially in times of
When the chips are down
When things are not going your way
Just like the ship’s anchor which helps to keep the ship in position
This is a very important aspect of self-awareness as a leader and is foundational in nature
Your anchor could be..
Your strong sense of purpose
Your true intention as a leader
Serving others and creating new opportunities for people
Giving back to the community
A personal anchor such as your family
Whatever it is for you, anchoring yourself helps you to balance your thought, your emotions and feelings
Many a times, our intentions and results are not aligned
Your anchor helps you align your actions and decisions with your intention, so that you get the desired results
It provides a strong sense of personal commitment so that nothing can come in your way
And most importantly…
It stops you from drifting in rough times
When the going is tough, how do you respond to situations?
Do you let your feelings and emotions take control and drift away or do you remain well anchored?
Just like an anchor at sea prevents the ship from drifting away
So here’s something for you to reflect upon:
What is your anchor as a leader?
What keeps you aligned to your true intention?
What causes your intentions and results NOT to be aligned?
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