[Free Tool] PositivePsychology.com’s Sailboat Metaphor

Sailboat metaphor

Update January 2020: The sailboat metaphor discussed by Hugo in the video below has become our main coaching framework here at PositivePsychology.com.

This metaphor forms the backbone of our online masterclass series available here and, from the feedback we’ve heard, seems to be extremely helpful to practitioners and educators alike.

Click on the link to download The Sailboat Metaphor (PDF).

We are proud to announce the release of our 100th tool in the Positive Psychology Practitioner’s Toolkit! After introducing the toolkit over 5 years ago, we have continually updated it and have now created a total of 400+ tools. Many new tools have been planned for future updates, so we’ll continue to build our database and offer our users a premium selection of hands-on tools.

In order to celebrate this milestone, we would like to share the 100th tool with all visitors of PositivePsychology.com. This tool was developed to enhance the understanding of human complexity from a positive psychology perspective.

Watch the instructional video below



In case you would like more positive psychology exercises like this one, you can access it by signing up for the Positive Psychology Toolkit©. It is already being used by 2,500-plus practitioners and teachers around the world.

We hope you enjoy this new tool and that it will help increase the wellbeing of the people around you and yourself.

All the best,

Hugo Alberts & Seph Fontane Pennock


What our readers think

  1. Karen Zelano

    Love this! How can I get the pdf?

  2. kerry king

    good information

  3. Sehar un Nisa Hassan

    Very nice tool to be used with students in first session. Thanks for this elaboration as for me watching is more convenient than directly reading.

  4. Allison Bennett

    Excellent material- loved the metaphor

  5. Grace

    Good insights, thank you ! I’d love to have the pdf file as well.

  6. Lea Koenig

    Wow, I love to work with metaphors. A very nice model to explain “life”
    Would love to have the PDF

  7. Anna

    Thank you so much for the video. Interesting methaphor.
    Looking forward to the updated version;)

  8. Venkatesh Prasad

    Lovely metaphor .
    Would love to have the pdf version of this video (Sailboat Metaphor)

  9. Elisa Mae

    I hope to have the pdf of the sailboat metaphor.

  10. sam

    Great instructional video… nice.

  11. Pearl

    Wow – this is a great tool. I love both its simplicity and depth. Great to use with our coaching clients (and with ourselves too!).

  12. Charlotte Hjorth

    Thank you for great video introduction. This is a wonderful tool.
    Looking forward to the updated version.

  13. Shelley Wallace

    It looks wonderful! I would like to have this new and updated version, thank you.

  14. Line

    I like it 🙂

  15. Kanna

    Love to obtain this

  16. Amy

    I would like this please.

  17. Alex

    Hi, I would love to have a glimpse at the updated version.

  18. Tina Jackson

    I can’t wait !!!

  19. louis cinquino

    Looking forward to hearing about the update to this tool.

  20. Berber Jacquemijns

    Dear Hugo and Seph, thank you for this valuable. I believe it is useful in many areas and it is beautiful in its simple and concrete way. I am impressed and I believe it can be used in many ways. In believe this is just a starting point to teach and support people to flourish in their own ways. Namaste.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Exactly Berber. Even though ‘other people matter’, the self is a great place to start in our attempts to make the world a better place for ourselves and those around us.

  21. Magaly Muñoz

    Thank you, I liked it very much, it is easy to understand and to make a relation to our daily life with all its components. I will definitely use it in some workshop.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much for your warm words Magaly. Hugo has put his heart and soul into creating this tool and the video that comes along with it. I believe it is one of the most useful practical tools for coaches and practitioners out there. Nothing but the best for our PPP-friends 🙂

  22. Philip Grundy

    Great teaching.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks Philip – feel free to spread the word about it!


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