Back to goals, parachutes and thinking big-ly

Posted by Spike MondayMotivator

I love this quote from the Louisville Times (1927),

The Human mind is like a parachute. To make it work first it has to open.

In my opinion, this might be one of the most important ideas we need to be implementing right now. I’m not going to go down that track too far but being in a closed loop and narrowing your worldview is not somewhere I want to be.

By opening your mind you are able to enhance your current knowledge, learn new knowledge, accept changes and adapt.

It brings to mind my time in the RNZAF where one of my jobs was to pack parachutes. Yes, they let me pack parachutes.

During that time, in the early ‘90s, the Americans parachuting gear to Scott Base had a 70% open rate with their parachutes. I will repeat that, a 70% open rate.

So, that means that 30% of the things they were dropping were hitting the ground very hard. Now I don’t know about you but to me, that can’t be good. They needed to improve their open rates and so we started packing their chutes for them. Their open rates went to 100%. Success!

What has this got to do with your mind being open? Well, the Americans had a very big reason (goal) to get better open rates – it was costing them millions having a 70% open rate.

And so it occurs to me that if you have a big enough goal your mind will open like a parachute. When it does you will see new opportunities, ideas and gain the knowledge needed to propel you towards your goals.

This week think about your goals. Are they big enough? Do they challenge you enough to get my parachute to open?

Have a successful week and keep your straps tight on your parachute pack. You never know when it’s going to open 🙂