Pilot or Passenger?

airplane in air

Are you a pilot or a passenger on your 2014 flight?

A few months ago while sitting on a plane,  I observed the activity surrounding me as we got seated.  As we moved down the runway for take off and finally lifted into the air to take flight, my pen took to paper (my journal) as I furiously wrote down all the ways I could see how piloting a plane is very similar to managing a business… or making changes in our personal lives…

It takes leadership to effectively run your business… it takes leadership to create a plan to make changes in your life…  it takes piloting your own plane versus passively sitting in your seat waiting to reach your destination.

Here are a few of my thoughts on how to pilot your own plane as you start out in this new year:

  1. A pilot’s goal is to reach his/her destination safely and on time.  Determine your goal(s) and timeframe to get there.
  2. Determine your flight plan before taking off.  What is your business strategy?  What is your plan for the life changes you want?
  3. Perform a safety check.  Walk around your business or your life and determine if there areas that are loose? Any missing parts? Any cracks that need to be repaired?
  4. Check your instrument panel.  What are the indicators that you use to know everything in your business or life is in good working order?
  5. Remove excess weight if it will create too great of a drag on your flight.  Are there things you are doing today that need to be removed from your business or life because they are dragging your down?  Are there people in your business or your life who are too big of a weight to move forward with speed?
  6. Use auto-pilot only when smooth sailing.  Keep your hands on the controls during turbulent times (stay calm and in control).
  7. Avoid obstacles that show up in your path.  This takes staying alert and being able to move quickly when things could derail your plans.
  8. Stay in contact with your control tower(s). In business it could be your investors, a Board of Directors, your customers.  In your personal life it may be your employer, your family, your friends, or your church.  Your control tower may be your business or life coach who is helping you stay on your own flight path.
  9. Communicate with your passengers to keep them up to date on the flight status.  This might be your employees, your customers or any of the people listed in the above bullet (#8).
  10. Land as smoothly as possible.  Do not turn off seatbelt sign until your plane has reach a full stop and you have pulled up to the gate.  In other words,  do not let your guard down until you have truly reached your destination/goal(s)
  11. After you land  perform post-flight safety/system check and re-fuel to ensure your plane is ready to depart for your next flight.

I will be holding telephonic group coaching “How to Pilot Your Own Plane” classes in 2014… details soon to follow!  If you are interested in creating your own specific flight plan for 2014,  contact me for a free, no-obligation call to see if a coaching relationship is what you are looking for to help you reach your goals.  

For the month of January,  I am offering 25% off of my regular coaching rates for any new clients to help you start your engines in preparation for your 2014 flight plan!

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