Pilot your life newsletter no. 12: Maintain the right attitude
Pilot your lifeWelcome to issue no. 12 of Pilot your life. June 2010When learning to fly, a student pilot is taught that attitude iseverything.However, the flying instructor mainly refers to the attitude (position) ofthe nose of the aircraft in relation to the horizon.To fly straight and level in the cruise, the pilot needs to fly the aircraftso that it doesnt climb, descend or turn – a balanced attitude.In order to descend, the pilot lowers the nose of the aircraft bypushing the controls forward and decreasing the engine power. The right attitude of the noseensures a gradual balanced descent. Lowering the nose too much increases the flying speedand may lead to a spiral dive if not corrected (not a good result).In order to climb, the pilot raises the nose of the aircraft by pulling the controls back andincreasing the engine power. The right attitude of the nose ensures a gradual balancedascent. Raising the nose too much decreases the flying speed and may lead to a stall if notcorrected (not a good result).So you can see that flying is about balance and attitude – the right attitude maintains balanceand the wrong attitude can potentially result in dire consequences.Life can be exactly the same.On Oz Flight ’99, I set out with the right attitude that I would be successful even though Iwould probably have my ups and downs both in and out of the plane. If I thought that I wasgoing to fail, I would never have taken off in the first place.Having this attitude also helped me realise that what was happening to me during the flightwas as important as achieving my goal. I had lessons to learn both in and out of the plane –about life in general and flying in particular.For some people it’s not just the destination which counts but the journey itself.I also figured afterwards that many of my problems were due to not always being able tomaintain this attitude, particularly to situations, to other people and to myself.
Pilot your lifeHowever, I did maintain the right attitude to the plane because I had done a lot of my flyingtraining in it, I knew that it was well maintained mechanically and I trusted it.During the flight, I performed the daily inspections of the plane before and after flying and ithad an oil change in Darwin and a service in Broome.I looked after the plane and it looked after me. The flight around both the mainland andTasmania was completed without anything going wrong with the plane.So instead of the call sign of the Cessna 172 aircraft being NRC – November RomeoCharlie, for me it became Nice Reliable Cessna. NRC and boab tree, Derby Airport, Western AustraliaHowever, in 2002, for Sea, Sky and Sand, a flight around South Australia’s coast andOutback, I adopted a much more positive attitude.This time I even gave the plane a name, Spirit of Adventure, setting the tone of the journeystraight away. The call sign, which was IES – India Echo Sierra, I changed (for me only) toIn Excellent Spirits.As usual, everything didn’t go smoothly, but instead of the roller coaster ride of Oz Flight ’99,this time it was more like a fishing boat bobbing gently up and down on the ocean – what adifference! IES at Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Pilot your lifeI learnt from my mistakes and consequently coped a lot better because I started out withthe right attitude and maintained that during the whole of the flight.So, my next great tip for how to pilot your life (personal or business) is:Maintain the right attitude.This will enable you to cope with and learn from your mistakes.The journey may be more important than the destination.Two of my presentation topics are:Attitude is everythingSuccessMy two call signs for business are:ALP – Australia’s Life Pilot (showing people how to pilot their lives and navigate their way tosuccess) andIPL – Improving Patients’ Lives (with my DVD productions for aged care and dementiapatients).What are your positive call signs (personal and business)?If you’d like to email your call sign(s) to me at email@example.com, Ill send you a photo whichyou can use as your desktop wallpaper.Visit: www.franwest.com and http://au.linkedin.com/in/franwestau.Blog: http://pilotyourlife.wordpress.com.Blog for DVDs: http://alzheimersproducts.blogspot.com.Phone: 61 8 82706623Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for speaking engagements, purchases and the first eleven issuesof the newsletter.While you’re waiting for the next newsletter, “Plane Reflections: about life and a flight aroundAustralia’s coast” is available in book and CD format for $20.00 plus postage and packaging.You are welcome to forward Pilot your life to others who may be interested.
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