Small Adjustments to a BetterYou

How small course corrections will help keep you happy

Aaron McClure
3 min readFeb 7


A better you, a happy you, navigation, incremental improvement, compass
Perfect photo by Alexander Andrews on Unsplash

Have you ever worried that it would be too difficult to become a better you? We’ve all known people who reached a certain age that suddenly started eating rice cakes and were completely miserable.

This usually what happens. They went to the doctor and came back with a list of prescriptions along with an exercise and a new diet plan. Ergo — the fun is over…

They live out the next few weeks in agony — no longer allowed to eat what they want or “enjoy life”. They are shells/hollow shadows of what they once were because of a diagnosis that force fed them the bitter spoonful of reality that they’d been denying. Like a child not eating his veggies.

A better way to a better you

I’m a sailor. I’m also an aviation enthusiast. These two “hobbies” have a similarity — they both require a course to be set in order to reach a destination.

In life, our destinations are all different, however most of us will have to avoid the same dangers — obesity, sedentary lifestyles, stress, etc…

I have seen my fair share of older people start the suffering process because they refused to believe that the course they were on mattered. They went a certain way for too long and were forced to change when hit with an unfortunate truth. Their health suddenly became an obstacle to their joy.

The reality is that we as a society know the perils out there in our navigable lives. Too many choose to ignore it — then they go into the doctor for heaping helping of some seriously bad news.

In the sailing/aviation world major turns would be considered major course corrections. They are inefficient and usually a sign that they pilot has not been well informed or is just ignorant and now forced to be reactionary.

The most efficient course corrections are proactive an in small 2 degree increments. Instead of running aground in a narrow channel and then being forced to suffer and deal with an overwhelming situation, a good navigator makes small corrections and monitors the…



Aaron McClure

Project Manager, blogger, writer. I write about the struggles of life and how to grow as a unique person. I welcome all open discussions.