How Do You Stop a Jumbo Jet?

I want you to think about the power of a jumbo jet. Imagine a 747 flying through the sky. It’s so heavy and yet the amount of thrust created by the engines is massive. There’s speed and a ton of power allowing it to soar and cut right through the air.

But when it’s on the ground, at the gate, waiting to be boarded by passengers, you know what it takes to keep that same jet parked and unmovable? A couple of small wooden triangular blocks called chocks, sitting behind each wheel. That’s it.

This huge behemoth of a machine is held in place by a couple small triangles.

As I look around this screen, I see a hangar filled with jets. I see power and speed. Our vetting process allows only the best of the best to own these seats. And if you’re a guest today, I know that you didn’t wake up when you did and join us because you’re not smart, talented, driven, capable. You’ve got power too. And I acknowledge you for being here. It’s great to be with you this morning.

I also know that all of us want something. In general terms, more satisfaction. Maybe more joy or freedom. Specifically, more money. More referrals, more closed business, more growth.

And if you’re like me, it may be tempting sometimes to look outside yourself at what you can pick up or consume. Tips and tricks and strategies. And there’s certainly a place for those.

But today, I want you to consider that you already have everything you need to take off and fly. A strong engine, broad wings, and a full tank of gas. I want you to consider that what stands between you and gracefully yet powerfully soaring at thirty thousand feet, are those pesky little chocks.

Those micro tears in the fiber, those insidious little power leaks. So first, check your foundation. How’s your well being? That extra Netflix episode (or three). That extra glass of wine (or three). That missing hour of sleep (or three).

Or how about something as simple as disorganization around time or space? Always showing up a few minutes late? Or being a member of the messy desk club? Or maybe it’s being active in Elevate but not logging the activity.

If you’re nodding your head — even if only on the inside — then simply take some action to counter balance how it’s been going. Start showing up 10 min early for everything. Try going to bed one hour early three days in a row. And grit your teeth and finally organize your desk top — the real one and the computer one.

Once you take on these subtle tweaks, and the chocks are out of the way, it will blow your mind how much power you get access to from the very same plane you’ve been flying all along. And then, you’ll get to the gym. You’ll nail the presentation. Your confidence will go up. You’ll get the client, close the deal, and have energy left over at the end of the day.

They’re just a couple of little triangles. But they have the power to impact you in a major way. Take on even one of them this week. And please let me know what difference it makes.

I’m thrilled to be flying the elite and friendly skies with all of you.

Wheels up – have a powerful day!

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