On a typical transcontinental flight, a commercial airplane will be off course 95% of the time.
Despite being off course so much, flights consistently arrive on time at the correct destination because of continuous course correction. Pilots rely on the aircraft’s constantly recalibrating navigational systems and a pilot simply needs to follow procedures and the plane will do the rest.
In fact, commercial aircraft of the past several decades are equipped with primary, auxiliary, back-up, and emergency systems and can fly to their destination safely even when an engine conks out mid-flight.
So how is it that with so many fail-safe features in place, month after month, year after year, tragic aviation accidents are reported?
Data compiled of 1,300 fatal accidents of commercial aircraft across the world revealed pilot error as the main cause of these crashes. It’s faulty thinking, not faulty systems that plunged a plane full of passengers into the depths of the Atlantic ocean, as was the case of Air France Flight 447.
The three pilots involved in the AF447 were all experienced and were flying the state-of-the-art Airbus 330, but when caught in a storm they failed to rely on the aircraft’s proven navigational system.
In life, we all experience storms, even the most experienced and successful people. It’s how we ride out these personal storms and knowing when to get help that matters.
As mentioned in previous articles and interviews, my depression ramps up at certain times of the year. Winter in particular is psychologically oppressive for me.
During the bitterly cold winter months of ice, snow and endless grey skies that seem straight out of a Tim Burton movie, I worry for the population of homeless cats in my city. Many stray cats will starve and freeze to death before the spring thaw.* These thoughts haunt me when the temperatures drop, and I feel powerless to stop it.
I’m not sure why I have such an affiliation with cats. I sometimes joke that I must be manifesting the Catman, a comic book character my father and artist George Freeman created in 1975.** Catman was named after me and has the last name Corey (Corey is my brother).
Rejection Therapy helps combat these gloomy thoughts because it forces me to reach out and interact with people instead of succumbing to the quicksand of negative thinking.
I also step up my meditation and will take anti-depressants for a short time.
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However, despite these fail-safe systems, I need all the positivity I can get. So this year, for the first time ever, I started listening to Personal Power II by Tony Robbins.***
Now, I recognise that other than a small goat-herding tribe in the Himalayas, I’m probably the only person on Earth who hasn’t listened to Tony Robbins. I ignored his stuff because the cheesy intro music and fist pumping rah-rahs were a little too over the top for my liking – but there is no denying his system works for many people, so I decided to give it a try.
After listening to the introduction and two days of the course, I think my initial impressions were (gasp, shock) wrong. It’s actually pretty good stuff.
What amazes me the most about the program is its similarities to Rejection Therapy.
Tony mentions how Personal Power II is based on the science of neurology, something I’m keenly interested in and has bled into the design of Rejection Therapy.
Tony encourages his listeners face their fears head on – the very essence of what Rejection Therapy is about.
He mentions how successful people fail more often and that failure can be a great motivator for lasting change. I’ve written about similar realizations.
More importantly, Personal Power II teaches how to create positive neuro associations, just as Rejection Therapy reframes rejection as fun and empowering.
At the end of each day, Personal Power II even has an assignment to do before going on to the next day. The Rejection Therapy suggestion cards work the same way.
These similarities, along with the many testimonials I’ve received telling me how Rejection Therapy has helped them overcome fear, is further confirmation Rejection Therapy works. I know it works because it’s changed my own life.
My point is this: if life is getting you down, you can turn it around. It may be as easy as trying a personal success system like the Rejection Therapy 30 Day Challenge.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Make the necessary course corrections today.
* I know this isn’t entirely rational, but neither is not caring about it at all.
** My Dad’s comic book, where you’ll find the Catman, is at CaptainCanuck.com
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