I was fascinated with airplanes when I was a child. Growing up very close to New York’s JFK airport allowed me the opportunity to watch these colossal bird-like beasts gracefully cutting through the sky on a daily basis. I would be playing in the schoolyard, hear one coming, and always look up in wonder. At times they seemed so close that you could almost rub their bellies.
I suppose you could say I was in awe of how magnificent this flying feat was. To this day I’m still blown away by it. You’ll catch me observing these winged creatures for longer than most people do as they pass overhead. I’d venture to guess that on a subconscious level, airplanes represent a sense of freedom to me. Doesn’t everyone want to have the ability to fly?
I can’t resist
Even though it might seem that I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, which may be true on some level, that’s not the point of this. You see, as a child I had no idea how these things worked, as in, how did this heavy metal contraption fly? After doing some research, the most incredible thing I learned was that airplanes took off into the wind. One would think that an airplane would need to move along with the wind to help it propel itself into the air, yet that’s not the case. Rather than get into the physics of it, let’s focus on how this can apply to your success.
An airplane is able to both take off, and land more efficiently and effectively by using resistance. It allows the plane to take off faster, and it slows down the plane more quickly during the landing. Many of us have encountered resistance in our lives and careers. Maybe we shared an idea with someone and they shot it down, or we hit a stumbling block while developing a plan or launching a business, but we must always remember, opposition is often an important part of the opportunity to soar to new heights.
Fasten your seat belt
Don’t react to stumbling blocks with discouragement, instead, look at in a non-emotional manner and try to figure out how you can benefit from it. Take criticism at face value and evaluate whether it has any truth to it. Truth that might have a lesson in it. Ask yourself the following;
- What can you do to make the opportunity better?
- What resistance in your life can ultimately help?
- Is there a lesson in it for you?
- What can you learn about your limitations and improve upon them?
- Are there new ways to try something?
- Are you taking on too much by yourself and do you need help?
- Rather than include others who might not embrace the opportunity, would it be better if you did it alone or replaced them?
- Could any negative comments you’re hearing be warning signs of what might deter potential customers from utilizing your product or service?
- Is your business plan sound?
Whether you encounter resistance in your personal life, or your professional life, evaluate the speed bumps and see how you might be able to use them to your advantage. Look for the opportunity in the problem, not the problem in the opportunity. Do not be deterred, but do not simply dismiss it, always try to learn from it. This will allow you to grow and then you too can use resistance to take flight and land successfully at your desired destination. Even if you arrive late, you’ll still get there.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
~Thomas A. Edison
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer