We all need a thought, saying, phrase or mantra to get us through tough times. Test pilots have long had an old line that puts difficult situations into perspective.
“Is this thing still flying?”
No matter what was going on in the aircraft and in the air if it was still flying the pilot could start making decisions to solve the problem. If it wasn’t still flying, if it was dropping from the sky like a rock, maybe it was time to exit the aircraft.
When times get tough are you still breathing, moving and able to look ahead? Are you still "flying?"
If so, take stock of your situation and start asking yourself, “What can I do to get where I want to be?”
Maybe the situation is that you simply don’t know where you want to be or don’t know your options. That’s fine. You can start looking around at potential goals and select one.
Mondays, the day in which the potential of the week is stretched in front of you, is always a good day to ask about work, relationships and life, “Is this thing still flying?”