Do you believe you can exert control over your future, or do you feel that you are at the mercy of fate? Today we are going to talk about how beliefs affect what happens to us.
The amount of control you believe you have over your life has a great deal to do with what you are willing to try, and therefore it also has a great deal to do with what you accomplish.
A couple of years ago, you may have seen an item on the news about a vintage airplane that was forced to ditch in Elliott Bay. On approach to Boeing Field, the pilot and crew on this test flight realized that the landing gear was not down. They manually lowered the landing gear, and locked it. Then, the engines shut down, completely. Landing at Boeing Field was impossible, as was the highway or city streets. The only option was to set this 33,000-pound plane down on the water – with no power from the engines. If you’ve seen the video, you know the pilot avoided all obstacles, and made one of the sweetest landings ever seen. The crew escaped without getting their feet wet!
Granted, this pilot and the other three individuals on the plane were highly trained professionals. However, if the pilot hadn’t believed he had control over his own life, and the situation in which he found himself, the outcome would have been far worse. Dozens and dozens of people would have died and been injured, along with incredible loss of property.
So if you are feeling helpless and victimized, take heart and take action – any action you can manage that will get you moving in the direction you want to go. By the way, the plane, which was bound for the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Annex at Dulles, finally made it there – on a flatbed train car!