I want you to imagine that you are an airline pilot. I want you to put yourself in the shoes of an actual pilot on this day. The pilot has the responsibility, but more importantly, the wonderful opportunity of being an influencer in the lives of his or her passengers.
Stay with me here in your role as the pilot. Imagine you wake up in a bad mood, or have a passenger who is rude to you, or you believe you just do not have the skills to achieve your task of making a difference in the the lives of your passengers on that day. As you taxi to takeoff today, you put all of that aside and focus on possibility and know you can make a difference and achieve what all of your passengers are trusting you to do.
Your job is the same. Its not just a job! You have been given the wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your tourism community (product owners, you do not escape the net. Your clients are trusting you for a special experience that they have paid you to produce).
There are not many people who have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many people. You should grab the privilege of giving them their liftoff and then focusing on their needs and aspirations.
So do your flight plan of where you want to take them, research tourism blogs to gather knowledge and get the advice of experienced pilots and focus every day on the difference that you can make in the lives of those in your community.
Do you remember the pilot who who achieved the virtually impossible task of landing his plane in the Hudson River? Remember the wonderful appreciation of his clients, the passengers. Remember the featuring of his achievement by the media. Most importantly, do you remember him saying that he had taken steps for many years for a situation like that.
That is you purpose at the moment, to passionately accept the wonderful opportunity of making a lasting difference in the lives of the members of the tourism stakeholders in your destination, or your clients visiting your product.
There will be storms to fly through and crosswinds when you are landing. But you can always keep your eye on your purpose and move forward one meaningful step at a time. Will you be a Zuma or a Mandela?
Let’s take off and make a difference!
P.S. I have been out of touch with you for a while. I had a massive heart attack on 14 December and have been getting back to top shape. Next week I will be telling you of some of the attitudes that I had lost and are now a part of my life.