“Feel the fear. Do it anyways.” Anonymous
I just finished reading Kimberly Weisul’s article in Inc. Magazine about Ms.Carey Lohrenz, a recently promoted Navy Tomcat fighter jet Pilot. http://www.inc.com/kimberly-weisul/high-performance-high-stress-advice-from-a-fighter-pilot.html Ms. Weisul, an Editor-at-Large at Inc. Magazine teaches us how to interview. I say this because her article surprisingly has many realistic stories about Pilot Carey Lohrenz’ career path on how she felt the fear and kept on going.
We love quotations because the words ring true for us and leave lasting perceptions and images in our minds. Pilot Lohrenz’ words of wisdom on performance and leadership are:
“The number one way to reduce anxiety in a volatile environment is to write down your top three priorities and focus on those.”
“Almost all the pilots I worked with wrote notes on their hands – what went wrong and how to fix it” pretty quickly.
“It’s notoriously difficult to be an Officer.” How she made it was taking on the fear and working through the experience to find a way for herself to make it work – again, again, and again. After each successful experience, Pilot Carey began a new journey to test herself against the next issue she was asked to handle.
As you work through your career this week, Choose Who You Want to be Known As, when you are pushing to make it through the day, the project or the week. Enjoy your week!
Executive & Career Management Coach