I doubt many of you have flown a plane so it may come as some surprise that to get from destination A to destination B, the pilot is required to fly the plane off course. This is to ensure she accounts for meteorological conditions such as winds that may push the plane further south. Therefore she aims for a northerly position accounting for this variance and finally end at the destination required.
This is much like our individual journeys, if we set out with a destination in mind that is within reach and achievable we will most likely end south of the desired goal. Likewise if we put others down and re-inforce that the goal is impossible or hard to reach they too will fall short. Much like the plane, we need to believe in others, we need to believe in ourselves and we need to aim higher than the planned destination. In our personal equations, if we account for human error, life’s obstacles and the natural instincts that throw us off course, we will have set out a route allowing for this and be far more likely to achieve and reach our destiny.
Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor, he knows a thing or two about believing in one self and others and wrote a fascinating book on the search for meaning. Viktor was a great believer in this theory, he found too often people wouldn’t plan for the eventuality of failure and obstacles and therefore would find themselves much further south of the goal that was set out. This week as you plan out October and we move into the final quarter of 2016…set yourself goals and plot a course much higher than your required destination and sit back on Christmas day knowing you landing exactly where you aimed.