You ever miss a flight?
Yesterday, my son Chris missed his flight back to California and ended up having a full day of waiting. The wonderful part of the missed flight is Chris has an amazing inner quality where he has learned to masterfully maximize and navigate through every situation he finds himself in; even the good, the bad and the ugly. While waiting, he got some needed work done, made a lot of important phone calls and even managed to sneak away from the airport to have a meal with his mom, ME! 🤗
This got me to thinking about how even missed flights aka missed opportunities are really just blessings in disguise meant for us to pause, exhale, reset and learn some much needed lessons. Waiting, actually opens up the door for those of us who are going places to still soar! See, when your mentality is so focused on your purpose and the divine plan for your life and your destiny; no matter what the snafu, you find in it that you are still resilient enough to make something wonderful even out of a missed flight. This is how a person learns how ready and qualified they really are for the next level. This is when you miss an opportunity and as a result of that you find out that you’re NOT going to have an emotional breakdown, but instead you are learning to take responsibility for what you did to miss it and moving forward. I’ve observed that too many people who want to go places stay stuck on the proverbial ground of life, constantly complaining and blaming their missed flights on everyone else. When you stay putting your life and future in the hands of everyone else, you can be assured to never get off the landing strip of life. You’ll stay watching other people take off. People who didn’t miss their flights like you did this time. One of the wisest things you can do is study the habits of people who never miss their flights and do what they do. Most people who never miss their flights make intentional efforts to get to the airport early, while those who stay missing their flights are always pushing the envelope and testing the limits. Let’s be honest, you know traffic is not reliable and more than likely you can expect the unexpected when you’re leaving out the door at the last minute. So, if you’re really trying to get on your flight, remember the rules of Murphy’s law and act accordingly.
Murphy’s Law; A rule that states, “If something can go wrong, it will.”
Now I know this is not the most positive way to approach life and probably not what you expected to hear from me. Of course you expect me to tell you to be positive and hopeful and optimistic, and while that’s still true; I really do want you to be realistic. After all, don’t forget, I am the realest life coach, and in real life, you can be as optimistic and positive as you want
The reality is life is almost always unpredictable.
So, when you’re trying to go places, understand that you will be traveling alongside people who don’t have the same mindset as someone as mentally, emotionally and spiritually WOKE as you. So my advice to you who don’t want to keep missing your flights is simple;
1. Don’t sleep your “flight” (life) away
I hate to get all Old Testament on you this morning, but I can’t help it. There is this great scripture in Proverbs 20:13 that even if you’re not a Christian it will help you and keep you lovers of sleep from missing out on a lot of opportunities if you’ll hear it for what it says. “If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!”
While I’m not telling you to never get any sleep, some of you who have great potential love sleep entirely too much. Sure, sleep is necessary and required for every human being to be able to successfully handle life physically and psychologically. But what I am saying to you is don’t sleep your “flight” away by making sleep, rest and even entertainment and recreation your main focus. Some people want to be great, but all they do is look for ways to slumber and stay away from doing things that push them ahead and , move them towards transformation and maturity. If you’re elevating and evolving you should be someone who loves to read, write, create, work, study, and learn much more than you love sleeping, resting and watching tv. The bottom line is, don’t spend more time sleeping than you do taking flight in life.
2. Stop Cutting it Close
If you’re ever going to get “there,” you should discipline yourself to be more intentional about every place you go and every decision you make. No more of that silly “fly by the seat of your pants” way of thinking.
To ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ is to decide a course of action as you go along, (playing it by ear) using your own initiative and perceptions rather than a predetermined plan or mechanical aids.
Too many people who want to take off into greater pursuits live by this method of operation and it’s not a good idea because it’s in opposition of your take off in life. While your talent, charismatic personality, good looks, popularity and intellect get you by in most cases; imagine how much a better experience and outcome you would have on this journey if you were not always winging it and relying on “luck” or prayer alone to get you by. Faith without works is dead! Listen, this even goes down to deciding what you’re going to wear everyday, which can actually take up a lot of your time and ruin your chances of making your flights. Remember when you were a kid? Your mom laid your clothes out the night before. There is such a sense of calm and organization that takes over your mind and day when you begin to purposely plan what you’re going to wear and where you’re headed for the day. Even when you know what you’re going to be eating throughout the day it will dramatically improve your life, health and finances. Unplanned purchases and consuming foods that you happen to see, literally create spur of the moment, impromptu decisions which lead us to experiencing added chaos into a life that’s already full of stress and anxiety.
3. Be intentional and take more control of your life
Stop putting your life and it’s outcome in the hands of others. Blaming your spouse the Uber driver, your kids or traffic for making you miss your flight is delusional. Think about it, you are the one who paid for the ticket to get there; therefore you are in charge of getting you to your final destination. This life is yours to live. If the quality of your life is poor, you are responsible. If the quality is good, you’re responsible as well. Change your mentality from always being a victim. No one is leaving you; you are leaving yourself. Living your life to the fullest means making wise decisions that take you higher and ensure that you are not left stuck on the ground saying DARN IT! I MISSED MY FLIGHT AGAIN!
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