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Posted: Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2013

Life resembles hang gliding more closely than any other kind of flight.

Consider the small plane. How do you perform a take off? You check the fuel and power up the engine. Then you taxi down the airstrip into the wind. You increase the power and build your momentum until you have enough speed to pull up the nose of the aircraft and leave the ground.

Or think of jet travel. They have incredible power and an automatic pilot.

The power makes it pretty easy to build momentum.

In a hang glider, however, there is no power, and there is no engine. You are the engine. To launch, you have to lift your glider and wait for an appropriate gust of wind. Then, in just a few short steps, you must go from standing still to running fast – without losing control of the wing. Your legs provide the initial burst of energy to gain enough speed to safely run off the mountainside without stalling.

In life, like with the hang glider, you are probably your own engine, too. (Unless you had a rich uncle that left you a bunch of money to get an easy start in life.)

Most of us have had to make it on our own. We have had to launch into the unknown with a burst of energy to build our momentum.

That initial effort is daunting, but you can do it. Once you get beyond that difficult launch, the reward is a fun flight!

How do you initiate that momentum in the first place? Think like a hang glider pilot:

• Know your passions – if you really love something, it will be easier to keep at it.

• Understand your reasons for heading in a certain direction.

• Be prepared, physically and mentally, for the launch.

• Time your initial effort as best you can.

• Focus out in front of you, not down, not behind you.

• Start with a burst of energy, and run like there is no other choice.

• Once you’re off the ground, keep your speed up.

You don’t need an engine to build momentum, either. Like a pilot, you can foot-launch, and soar!

Chris Waugh is a business consultant, author and speaker who “lends wings to your success.” Visit ChrisWaugh.com or Facebook.com/chriswaughonthefly for more.

For the complete article see the 07-03-2013 issue.

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