Inspiring Thoughts from EAC

Failure Is Not An Option

If you’ve seen the movie Apollo 13, you remember an explosion of oxygen tank no. 2 in the      service module ruptured a line or damaged a valve in the no. 1 oxygen tank, causing it to lose oxygen rapidly. The service module bay no.4 cover was blown off. All oxygen storage units were lost within about 3 hours, along with loss of water, electrical power, and use of the propulsion system. And you think you have problems?  Actually, we all do!  While our oxygen may not be running low (unless we’ve finally gotten on the stair climber), we all have moments where we can simply utter, “I    have a problem!”  The difference may be in the way we respond.  The response Gene Kranz, the Apollo 13 Flight Director, gave to the myriad of problems their crew experienced can be a lesson for us all.  He didn’t say, “Oh my, that sounds terrible.  Good luck up there!”  Rather, you may recall the line from the movie, “Failure is not an option.”  Our response – “Copy that!”

This is the month of resolutions.  Do you always keep your resolutions?  Or do they end up failing?  If the reason is failing to keep the goal, why don’t you adopt a failure-is-not-an-option-lifestyle?   While that may be simple in theory, perhaps it is better to have a plan.  Whether or not you’ve made resolutions for 2015, here are two tips to goal keeping success:

TIP 1:  Choose to make a change that you’ve been thinking about for a while.  Who doesn’t get caught up in the excitement of New Year’s Eve?  We resolve to do all kind of things like losing weight, exercising more, changing other bad habits and the list can go on. Unless we’ve thought about that resolution for some time, chances are it will end up as a New Year’s Dissolution.  While researchers admit that little is known about behavior modification, they have concluded that people who take time to ponder their resolutions are more successful than those who come up with them as the big ball drops in Time Square.
TIP 2:  Know that YOU CAN DO IT. Elizabeth Miller, a researcher on this very topic said, “The key to making a successful resolution is a person’s confidence that he or she can make the behavior change.”

Let us raise our voices with Gene Kranz in affirming that FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION, and that we will make 2015 our best year yet!

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