A few weeks ago, I had reserved a day to go sailing. I had looked forward to it for weeks, and I was determined to go no matter the weather. I was even prepared to go in the rain.
On this particular day, the winds were gusting up to 40 knots….well above my rating. But I still took off out of the harbor hoping to grown my skills and enjoy some time off. After all, I had already spent an hour to travel and prepare to sail.
As soon as I cleared the “no wake” buoys, I knew I was over my head. Whitecaps and swells were buffeting the boat and I tilted 45 degrees without deploying the sails. I signed a deep breath and turned around. The entire adventure lasted less than 10 minutes.
My wife then turned to me and said “what if I wasn’t here?” The unfortunate truth is that I probably would have tried to sail anyway. And I would have gotten into a lot of trouble.
It is the same with projects when we get into situations that are over our head. Do you know when to turn back and head for a safe harbor?
Thanks for listening.