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A sailing lesson

When you are racing yachts you cannot go directly into the force of the wind you tack your way to the windward marker, sometimes many times to attain your forward motion. When we are on the far outside reaches of the tack, away from the direct line to the mark you cross back to the centre and consolidate. We do this to assess our progress and to manage the risk of unanticipated wind change that would put us far off course. We must monitor and measure our progress in the achievement of ends not the journey or the means.