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File a Flight Plan

Posted 07-11-2011 at 08:48 PM by Epiphany

One of the most significant benefits I received in the process of becoming a private pilot was the value of planning. Flight training requires an understanding of not only the aerodynamics of flight but also the impact of weather, payloads, fuel consumption, etc. on the desired outcome – arriving at your destination in one piece!

These lessons, along with the ongoing anticipation of alternate scenarios while in flight, conditioned me to consistently plan and “look beyond the headlights”, utilizing as many known variables as possible, toward desired goals. Weight considerations, wind speed and direction, and altitude played into fuel consumption. Air space restrictions, airstrips (FBO.s) and other factors determined course, flying altitudes and where to land/refuel. Plan well and the flying was exhilarating with a great sense of accomplishment.

As in flying, the achievement of personal goals, requires planning. In her book “Creating Your Best Life”, Caroline Miller (@cmcoaching) offers several suggestions around goal setting to encourage readers in the setting and achievement of goals:
1. Be deliberate in setting goals - When set correctly and for the right reasons, even those who set New Years Eve goals had 46 percent success rate after six months according to one study
2. Make your goal(s) challenging – beyond simply “realistic” as incorporated in the SMART acronym (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time sensitive)
3. Make them Measurable – utilize sub-goals to establish steps and measure progress. “That which cannot be measured, cannot be achieved”. (Locke and Latham – A theory of goal setting and task performance)
4. Feedback – establish feedback mechanisms to help you adjust as you progress toward the goal
5. Approach vs Avoidance – Structure goals that “approach” a positive outcome as opposed to avoid a negative one.
6. Non-Conflicting and Leveraged – Goals should logically align (not be in conflict) and leverage achievements.
7. Write them down – written goals simply produce better results than those that are not committed to writing.

Many will commit to goals internally or verbally without applying these methods that greatly improve the likelihood of success. Try it for yourself – take that goal you have thought, even dreamt of and plan the steps necessary to accomplish it. Share it with someone and mark your progress. Whether you are a sales person working toward quota, a business owner with a vision, or anyone with a dream to achieve something more – define it, plan the necessary steps, commit it to writing, review it frequently, and celebrate your successes along the path to achieving it!
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