ADVERSITY

(Turbulence – Emergency Procedures)

I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
– General George S. Patton

 

Handling adversity or unexpected turbulence requires a sharp focus on what should be done first.  As mentioned in the chapter on ‘Attitude’ pilots are trained to memorize critical Emergency Procedures for nearly all conceived emergencies. These must be conducted in specific order.  The procedures are continually practiced until the pilot becomes fully functionally competent in proceeding through the memorized checklist.

Outside the cockpit, adversities in life are usually a confluence or accumulation of events.  Rarely are there a set of exactly appropriate procedures that can be immediately applied to correct the situation.  However, there are actions to take to insure greater success in transiting through the turbulence.

The right Attitude supplemented with appropriate Courage is more likely to lead to the right Actions.  Anthony Robbins advises that it is vital to see things “as they are—not worse than they are” and act to change things to be as you want them to be.

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