How to Deal with Bad Weather on Your Flight Path to Success

By Rob “Waldo” Waldman, Lt. Col., CSP

For every pilot, weather is always a critical factor in flight. Blue skies and perfect visibility are a rarity. Sooner or later, thunderstorms, lightening and turbulence will appear. When this happens, we don’t turn around and head back to base. If we did, we would never reach our target.

When bad weather strikes, pilots:

  1. Alter our flight path away from the weather
  2. Seek an altitude that has the least amount of turbulence
  3. Slow down to minimize the effect of turbulence.
  4. Tighten down our lap belts and hold on for the ride.

The path may get uncomfortable, but we press on until we break out of the weather, hit the target and land.

On your flight path to personal growth and success,  bad weather and turbulence will undoubtedly appear. There will be change, stress, fear and doubt. You will get uncomfortable. Will you abort the mission and head back to base, or will you alter your flight path, tighten down your lap belt and press on to the target?

The key to success when flying on the tough missions in life is to:

  1. Re-focus on your goals
  2. Adapt to change (and slow down if necessary.)
  3. Adjust your flight plan
  4. Find the courage to hang on and fly through the ensuing turbulence.

If your goal means enough to you, you will do what’s necessary. If you abort, your goal probably wasn’t high enough.  After all, it’s important to set goals that will stretch you!

Remember, bad weather not only tests your character, it develops it as well.  Personal growth doesn’t necessarily happen when the skies are blue and the winds are calm.  It happens amidst the storms of life. You just have to be willing to be uncomfortable.

So my suggestion to you is to beware being comfortable. Comfort leads to complacency and complacency hinders growth.  Complacency kills.

What turbulence and bad weather are you facing today that’s holding you back from hitting the target and reaching new heights in your life? Are you willing to step outside your comfort zone and hang on for the ride? Do you have wingmen in your formation that can help you along the way?

What’s waiting for you when you land?


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