Who Packed Your Parachute?

Do you honor and appreciate others? Do you stop to thank and recognize the members of your team? Do you consistently show appreciation to others, have an attitude of gratitude?

The story of Charles Plumb is inspiring and emphasizes the value of each individual of a team. Captain Charles Plumb, a graduate of the Naval Academy, whose plane, after 74 successful combat missions over North Vietnam, was shot down. He parachuted to safety, but was captured, tortured and spent 2,103 days in a small box-like cell.

Plumb tells the story, in his book, “ I’m No Hero”, that other people are helping you get to where you want to be, even though you don’t realize they are there.

After surviving the ordeal, Captain Plumb received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and two Purple Hearts, and returned to America and spoke to many groups about his experience and how it compared to the challenges of everyday life.

Shortly after coming home, Charlie and his wife were sitting in a restaurant. A man rose from a nearby table, walked over and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"

Surprised that he was recognized, Charlie responded, "How in the world did you know that?" The man replied, "I packed your parachute." Charlie looked up with surprise. The man pumped his hand, gave a thumbs-up, and said, "I guess it worked!"

Charlie stood to shake the man's hand, and assured him, "It most certainly did work. If it had not worked, I would not be here today."

Charlie could not sleep that night, thinking about the man. He wondered if he might have seen him and not even said, "Good morning, how are you?" He thought of the many hours the sailor had spent bending over a long wooden table in the bottom of the ship, carefully folding the silks and weaving the shrouds of each chute, each time holding in his hands the fate of someone he didn't know.

Plumb then began to realize that along with the physical parachute, he needed mental, emotional and spiritual parachutes. He had called on all these supports during his long and painful ordeal. Even though at the time, he did not know that he would need to call on what someone taught him, what parachute he was going to need at a specific time.

Who might be packing your parachute? Or better yet, are you packing parachutes for other people? Appreciate the opportunity to make someone’s life better.

What You Become Starts With How You Believe You Are

When you Be WUCA! you will see a transformation in how others act toward you and how you feel about yourself! I have learned that as you think, you become, as do your expectations. It takes effort, but with a little practice and some outside coaching, you will be able to change your inner dialogue and consequently change your outcomes. To become, you have to first believe…

How do you become a good student?                                    You believe that you are.

How do you become a good teacher?                                    You believe that you are.

How do you become a good administrator?                         You believe that you are.

How do you become a good athlete?                                     You believe that you are.

How do you become a good coach?                                        You believe that you are.

How do you become a good musician?                                  You believe that you are.

How do you become a good debater?                                    You believe that you are

How do you become a good writer?                                        You believe that you are.

How do you become a good actor?                                         You believe that you are.

How do you become a good mentor?                                     You believe that you are.

How do you become a good parent?                                      You believe that you are.

 Remember the formula:  E+R=O (Event +Response=Outcome)

When you change your response (belief), you change your outcome. See the difference in these approaches from Global Horizons and Dr. Wayne Dyer:

From:   "We’ve always fought in this relationship."

To:        "I’ll work at being peaceful and not allow anyone to bring me down."

From:   "My children have never shown me any respect."

To:        "I intend to teach my children to respect all of life, and I’ll treat them in the same way."

From:   "I’m so annoyed with my family. They just don’t understand me and they never have."

To:        "I love my family; they don’t see things my way, but I don’t expect them to. I’m totally focused on my own intention, and I send them love."

From:   "I make myself sick trying to please everyone else."

To:        "I’m on purpose and doing what I signed up to do in this lifetime."

From:   "I feel so unappreciated by those I serve that it sometimes makes me cry."

To:        "I do what I do because it’s my purpose and my destiny to do so."

From:   "No matter what I do or say, it seems as if I can’t win."

To:        "I do what my heart tells me to do with love, kindness, and beauty."

“Why is everyone here so happy except me?"

"Because they have learned to see goodness and beauty everywhere," said the Master.

‘Why don’t I see goodness and beauty everywhere?’

"Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside.

When you change your response to situations to a new way of looking at the world, your world will change. Make it a habit this week that you will move from not believing in yourself to believing that you will literally move toward what you believe and think about.

 Let no one stand between you and your belief. It is the only thing that has built dreams, created ambitions, and achieved success. Be WUCA!