A great story in “QBQ! The Question Behind the Question” , a book by John G. Miller, really impacted me and got me to thinking. Here’s my “Reader’s Digest version”…
A young girl we’ll call Susie and her father, David, who had his private pilot’s license, went for a ride in his single-engine Cessna one afternoon. A short time after they were in the air over a large lake, the engine quit.
David turned to his daughter and calmly told her, “The engine quit, sweetie. I’m going to have to fly the plane differently.”
Interesting way to put that, don’t you think?
“Fly the plane differently.”
For the engine to start again, the plane needed more air speed. David quickly told Susie what he would be doing to accomplish this – throwing switches, pushing and pulling levers and nosing the plane downward as he spoke. Susie simply nodded in approval.
The plane went into a dive and David continued to flip switches, but the engine didn’t start. Leveling off for a moment, he turned to Susie and said, “Honey, we’re going to have to try that again. Hang on!”
Again they went into a dive with David hitting switches as the plane’s speed increased. There was a sputter…and nothing. A few more sputters…and the engine sprang to life in time to level the plane before it hit the water.
A few minutes later, they landed safely, thanks to David’s courage and Susie’s quiet trust.
You’re probably thinking, nice story, Cathie, but what’s the point?
David obviously understood that new and different conditions and challenges make new and different methods and strategies necessary.
Things change. Technology, markets, people…
What worked for you last year, last month or even last week
might not work for you this time
or the next.
When you’re faced with a new situation, do you look for a different approach or tell yourself “It’s always worked that way before.”?
Let’s face it. Technology is advancing so rapidly that it can be a major challenge trying to keep pace. And the Internet has changed the face of business FOREVER, whether we want to admit it or not.
We all need to develop skills and responses that allow us to adapt when our “engine” quits running.
The great Mr. Jim Rohn says,
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your business.”
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”
Are you willing to fly your plane differently?
It’s up to you…get you the tools YOU need…to help you adjust your flight pattern and fly YOUR plane differently.
Till next time…
P.S. We’ll talk about Susie’s trust another time.