I travel often, am always relaxed and confident that I will get to my destination. However, in my bliss and ignorance, I have never taken the time to figure out how these “drivers of the sky” do it! So I decided to do some research on flying and learned an interesting fact. It said that for every single degree you fly off course, you will miss your target landing spot by 92 feet for every mile you fly. That amounts to about one mile off target for every sixty miles flown.
In other words, if you decided to start at the equator and fly around the earth, one degree off would land you almost 500 miles off target. It means that the longer you travel off-course, the further you will be away from the intended target.
Is that acceptable? Not if I am on the plane! On a flight from Barbados to Jamaica, that might put me miles out in the ocean or on another island! One degree off-course could be the difference between making it to an important meeting on time or using my seat as a flotation device.
This prompts the questions: What are you accepting in your life and business? What is your tolerance for being off-course?
Jim Rohn once related that neither a marriage nor a business fails overnight. Cataclysmic failure generally comes from a series of small, correctable failures. I like to call these failures “one-degree failures.”
Time to reflect. The winds of life will take us off course and we will only be able to stay on course by making small consistent corrective adjustments.
Are you on course for now?
What corrections do you need to make today?
How do you ensure you don’t make the same mistake going forward?