Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly?
I'm not talking about sitting in seat 85C of an Airbus A380. I'm talking about the driver's seat of an airborne high performance sports car; a crotch rocket with wings…
Plug in your most badass speakers, turn it up loud and tell me how it moves you. Are you feeling it?
This clip is laden with powerful metaphor...
1. You were Born to Fly … and yet most of us never come close to airborne. Consider the tragedy of a human who never even spreads their wings and gives them a flap.
What would 'flying' look like in your life? What would the sensation be? What magic would you be creating in the World? I'm not just talking about doing what you already do in life but 10% better, I'm talking about a whole new realm of possibilities. Stuff that you haven't even imagined. Beyond the limits of your mind.
Do you think a pilot knows exactly what is beyond the next cloud when he's exploring a new territory? Of course not!!!
2. There's no space for baggage. Seriously, do you think there is any space on that plane for your 'stuff'. You gotta leave it behind. Sure you have been wounded in the past. We all have. And if you're not willing to do what it takes to move beyond your pain and suffering and get back to who you really are then you had better stick to cattle class on that A380…
Do you see the pilot getting emotional? No! Not even when he's pulling 4G+ in a tight manoeuvre. Watch his facial expressions closely and you will see what I'm talking about.
Now is the time to clear out junk from your life. Physical objects and emotionality. Ask yourself 'Is that useful?… What purpose does it serve? … Why am I hanging onto it?' It takes courage to discard what no longer serves you and you know it is the only way that you will be light enough to fly, don't you?
3. At a certain point you are committed. From here there is no turning back! You line up at the start of the runway pointing in the direction you want to go. Without knowing exactly what you will find when you get there and you fire up your engines. You ease on the power until your speed exceeds the remaining runway. Now there is no turning back. You will either fly or die trying!
I see so many people who say that they want to do amazing things yet they keep on living their life in essentially the same way. They never really commit and really go for it. You aren't gonna get airborne with the throttle at 7% of power...
What would it take for you to discard the comfort of your safe life and go for it 100%? A lot of people 'try' and then see what happens. Would you be willing instead to commit and then do whatever it takes to get there? That takes real courage. Going to yet another workshop might not…
4. The rules are there to be broken. People are gonna tell you it can't be done. The system is gonna lean on you hard to keep yourself lined up with everyone else on the ground. Your job is to find the limit of your capabilities and stretch them beyond where anyone thinks you can go.
Especially your capacity to feel. To be with your discomfort. How does a fighter pilot withstand 6G of force when a regular person blacks out long before 3G? He trains his body to withstand increasing intensity. The human system adapts beautifully.
What did you choose to do today that felt uncomfortable? Who says you aren't supposed to fly upside down sometimes? Go for it! What if you did push the limits of gravity and aerodynamics? Can you see the signs of extreme loading in the airflow over the wings? How far can you take yourself?
5. Eventually you need to come back down to Earth. Every mission has an end. A time to return to base and refuel. Time to relax, reflect and evaluate.
Satisfaction from knowing that you did what you set out to do. The natural timing for you to refresh and recharge with that contented smile on your face. Of course it means knowing when to stop!
Speaking of which its time for me to put the fighter jet away for the night. Bed beckons...
I don't know how.
I'm going to do it anyway.
See you in the stratosphere!
PS if you are ready to fly then drop me a line. I love helping people who want to launch their lives to a new level.