Course Correction – How to Change Direction Without Losing Enthusiasm

Jeff Heggie Success Strategies

Let your dreams take flight”

Every Monday on my podcast, Daily Success Strategies, I tell my listeners that they need to set their week up for success. They have to determine what they need to accomplish throughout the week so that on Friday, once they’ve achieved everything they set out to do, they can look back and know that they had a successful week. I also encourage them to make sure that what it is they are working on will help get them closer to their bigger goals. 

Once they have their plans figured out and they know what they need to accomplish to make it a successful week, the next step is to plan it out. Once the goal is set, a plan of action needs to be put into place. This will include scheduling everything from their block time, to their important meetings and events, coaching, or anything else they will need to do to have a successful and productive week.

I love to hear from my listeners as they set themselves accountable and share their plans with me. I also love to hear back from them at the end of the week when they let me know if they had a successful week and achieved everything they set out to do. 

This past week someone shared with me a problem that they encountered. It was actually a challenge that happens often. Being prepared for an obstacle before it happens is important because it allows you to handle it best and respond rather than react to the situation.

The Problem

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

This individual has been following me for quite a while and has implemented many of my ideas and strategies into their daily life. She told me that it has brought much more clarity, focus, and productivity into her life. She finally is feeling as though she’s on the road to achieve her dreams.

Since she started following my practice of setting up her week for success and blocking her time, her productivity has gone through the roof. She’s getting a lot more done each week and she’s marching closer and closer to her goals.

But this past week was different. Each week she’s felt as though she was building more and more momentum and things were just flowing well. So she expected this past week to be the same. She made clear and definite plans for the week and committed to making it all happen. But part way through the week she was faced with a number of completely unexpected circumstances that completely threw off her plans. It was like a domino effect and everything else just seemed to fall apart. 

Not only did she not accomplish her goals for the week, she was seriously side tracked and took a big step backwards. 

In retrospect, she says that it wasn’t as big of a problem as she made it out to be. But the problem was that it wasn’t in her plans. She got frustrated as her schedule and plans fell apart and she basically let everything crash around her for the remainder of the week.

Following is the analogy I shared with her to help her move forward.

Your Life is a Flight Plan

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

Henry Ford

If you really want to find success in life, think of your journey as a flight plan. 

Think about taking a trip across country in an airplane. The plane leaves at a specific time, with plans to land in a specific place at a predetermined time. However, through the course of that trip, the plane is actually off course over 90% of the time. But the pilot, technology, and avionics continually are bringing the plane back onto its course so that it will arrive at it’s destination on time.

In life, you’re the pilot. Throughout your trip you are going to face unexpected turbulence and it’s your job to get back on track.

I’m going to discuss four strategies that will help you to set off on your journey and to make the necessary adjustments when necessary so that the entire trip isn’t ruined when a problem occurs.

Set Goals – Establish Your Flight Plan

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Tony Robbins

Whether you are looking at your plans for the day, the week, the year, or the next ten years, you need to establish your goals, or your flight plan.

Most people today put more thought and planning into their next trip to the grocery store than they do for their goals, dreams and direction they want to take their life in the future.

Establishing clear and definite goals in life is vital. 

If you wanted to travel to Hawaii on vacation, how important is it for the pilot to have clear and defined goals?

Would you be ok showing up at the airport and getting on the first plane you saw, hoping that it would end up in Hawaii? What if the pilots plan was to take off, once in the air they would determine how much fuel was in the plane, and then decide which direction she would go?

You’re not going to get on that plane if neither you nor the pilot have clear and defined goals, so why don’t you do the same thing with your life?

If you don’t have clear and defined goals for your life right now, you need to take my free Momentum Series training immediately! You can find it here.

Jeff Heggie Success Coach setting goals
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Start Working Towards Your Goals – Take Off Towards Your Destination

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.”

G. K. Nelson

Once your plans are in place, you need to take action. I’ve seen many people never achieve their dreams because of paralysis by analysis. Many never start because they don’t believe in themselves.

In order to achieve your goals, you have to be willing to start working towards them with no guarantee of success.

I recently spoke about this on my podcast, Daily Success Strategies (Episode 135: Confidence is Earned Through Courage)

Courage is often portrayed as a person feeling absolutely certain about taking action in a situation, but that isn’t courage – that’s confidence. 

Confidence doesn’t come until you’ve earned it by going through courage first. 

This is a reality that most entrepreneurs and high achievers face on a regular basis. You have to be willing to take action despite not feeling certain, not feeling things are right, and certainly not feeling confident.

But we know that if the plane never takes off and leaves the airport, it will never reach its final destination. 

Setting a goal won’t achieve it for you. You have to start working towards it.

The more often you take courageous action and step out of your comfort zone, the more your comfort zone expands and your confidence continues to grow exponentially. 

Course corrections

“If the plan doesn’t work, then change the plan, not the goal.”

It’s important to keep your focus on your clearly defined goals. But it’s also important to be flexible in how you achieve them. 

Just like the pilot, you have to learn to adjust throughout your flight.

When you hit turbulence or anything unexpected that throws you off course, you need to learn from it and get back on course as quick as you can.

When things go wrong and you have to make a course correction, it’s important to keep your mind fixed on your clearly defined goal and the reason you are working towards it. 

When you keep a positive mindset, you will often recognize that each obstacle will also bring with it a new opportunity. So when things seem to be going wrong, keep this thought in mind, “life is happening for me rather than to me.” When you see every obstacle as a blessing of some sort, you’ll be able to respond and get back on course much easier.


“Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

No matter how many times you have to course correct, decide in advance that you will never give up. By learning, adjusting, and continuing on with hard work and determination, you will achieve your goals.

In my Inner Circle Mastermind, we are currently reading the book, Think and Grow Rich as a group. We recently studied Chapter 9: Persistence. Napoleon Hill said, “without persistence you will be defeated, even before you start. With persistence you will win.”

When you decide in advance that you are willing to course correct when things get off course, it’s easier to stay positive and motivated to continue on when you face challenges.

You are the pilot of your life. Decide on your destination, make clear and definite plans to get there, take off, and be open to making changes along the way until you reach your destination. 

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Published by D. Jeff Heggie

Father, Husband, Coach & Entrepreneur

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