If Neil Armstrong can land on the moon, you can do it too!
Imagine if, on 16th July 1969, Neil Armstrong sat in his spaceship and refused to launch on completion of the countdown. Doubts had crept into his mind; he had lost his confidence and he could not bring himself to press the final launch button.
‘I can’t do it. The moon is approximately 239,000 miles from the earth, and we have to travel safely – there and back. This is the farthest anyone has ever travelled. Is our equipment good enough? How can this ever be possible? I feel so worried. Let’s leave the launch for another day. ‘
What would have happened if Neil Armstrong had refused to launch into space that day?
Someone else would have been the first person to land on the moon. Neil would have been the person who sat in his spaceship on the ground at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A and went nowhere.
What may have stopped Neil Armstrong from launching into space?
Neil and his team had completed all the learning, preparation and training they needed to do to complete the mission, but Neil had forgotten one thing. He had not worked out how he was going to overcome the doubts in his mind. He was unaware of the power his negative thoughts would have over the achievement of his dream.
Fortunately, this didn’t happen and on 20th July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to land on the moon. Despite not having smartphones, the Internet or GPS and landing on the moon with only 25 seconds worth of fuel left, Neil and his team did it. They faced challenges, overcame these challenges and achieved their mission and their dream.
OVERCOMING DOUBTS IN YOUR CAREER
Astronauts are just like us and will have times of doubt, questioning their ability to succeed. They are also just like us and have a choice. They can choose to let these thoughts and feelings prevent them from achieving amazing things and sit stationary in their spaceship or they can choose to press the launch button.
Wouldn’t you just love to press the launch button in your career now? You may want to launch a career change, apply for a promotion or move towards self-employment.
Follow these rules to keep you on track and help you move forward. After all, no one wants to sit in their spaceship on the launchpad for ever.
- Recognise that it is OK to experience times of worry and doubt. Sometimes things happen in our career that make us feel this way.
- Notice how you react in times of worry and doubt. Perhaps you ignore it, become irritable and distracted or withdraw from the situation. Does your reaction help you move forward constructively?
- Understand that when you are thinking and feeling negatively, these thoughts and feelings are likely to eventually stop you from doing the things you want to do in your career.
- Trust that you can take action. Do something about your negative thoughts to make you feel better and enable you to achieve what you want to achieve in your career. You can practise changing your negative thoughts into positive thoughts, you can ask for help, you can try new and different ways of achieving things. Just remember, you can do it!
You have everything within you to achieve, you simply need to press the launch button and do it. Learn to overcome the challenges you face and keep going until you have achieved your mission.