The anchor has been around for thousands of years. It was originally created by the ancient Greeks. The Greeks, being the perpetual problem solvers that they are, needed to figure out a way to keep their ships in place without drifting away. The original anchors looked nothing like they do today. They were buckets filled with stones, enabling the buckets to be wedged into the rocks on the sea floor. While the design was significantly improved upon over the years, the necessity of the anchor has never gone away. If you have ever been on a cruise ship, it is the anchor that allows the ship to stay in port for the passengers to explore the land. When I go deep sea fishing, it is the anchor that allows me to stay in one place and catch my limit every time (and this is no long fisherman tale…). It is used in real estate. The anchor tenant is the most important tenant in a building or shopping center. It is used in sports. The person who runs the anchor leg is the one responsible for bringing home the win. It is clear that the anchor is an important tool in many facets of our lives.
So what happens when a ship is ready to continue its journey, and attempts to raise its anchor only to find out that it is stuck? What happens when the anchor that was once intended to hold the ship in place now because the thing that is preventing it from moving forward? Instantly, the thing that was once an invaluable too becomes a hindrance, or a roadblock. The ship is prevented from leaving port. It can no longer proceed to its next destination. A group of excited passengers instantly become a group of disgruntled passengers. The fact that it is stuck doesn’t change its usefulness or its intended purpose. In fact, it is actually doing exactly what it was designed to do. It just means that it is not an effective tool for you at that moment. Do you sit there and wallow in the situation waiting for it to become unstuck? No, you cut the anchor and move on. You bring in a replacement anchor as you continue on your journey to prepare for the next port.
So…what are the anchors in your life that are currently stuck? Is it the 9-5 job that has provided for your family for the last 10 years but isn’t progressing? Is it the relationship that has prevented you from being lonely on many evenings but is stagnant? Is it the business that you’ve sunk all of your resources into, hoping it would turn around but isn’t growing? It is time to cut anchor? Cutting the anchor doesn’t mean that it should have never been used in the first place. It just means that it is time to move on.
There is a saying that “even the best grooves become ruts if you stay in them too long”. Cut the anchor, and move on to your next destination.