Thrust and Vector – The Key to a Successful 2012 (Part I)

by Waldo Walman,Lt. Col. CSPvector

Have you ever met someone who’s highly motivated, full of energy, and ready to take on the world, yet they never seem to get anything done?  They’re passionate and have the greatest intentions, but for some reason they just can’t seem to accomplish their goals.

In the fighter pilot world, they are what we call “All thrust and no vector.”


They have the power and motivation but lack the vector – the guidance, the target, the direction. They’re flying in all directions at full afterburner without a plan to guide them to their goal.

The end result?  Wasted energy coupled with frustration and disappointment.

We’ve all been there.  We have great intentions (perhaps in the form of a new year’s resolution) but then get distracted and pulled off course.  Sometimes it’s very difficult to convert our motivation into action.  But if you really want to accomplish something worthwhile, you ultimately have to take focused action.

As you fly into the New Year, I’m sure you’re re-energized about your future.  You’ve got sales goals to reach, a new diet to start, and a promotion to pursue.  But what’s your plan?  Where’s your vector?

In the world of the fighter pilot, nobody takes off without a specific target and a plan.  Training and commitment aside, if we don’t have a flight plan, we don’t fly.  We need thrust and vector.

The same holds true in business.  Successful leaders who break performance barriers and accomplish great goals do three important things.

  1. Formulate a detailed plan
  2. Channel their energy into a specific direction (vector)
  3. Execute.

Remember, “wingmen never wing it.”  Plan your mission, set a vector, focus your thrust, and then release your brakes. It’s time to take off in 2012. You were meant to fly!

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