Breaking the Sound Barrier
Have you ever heard the story of Chuck Yeager?
I will tell his story in a minute.
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Back to Chuck:
He was the first pilot to ever fly faster than the speed of sound.
You may not care about that, but the story of how it happened is relative to all of us.
The United States was trying to be the first to break the sound barrier.
They called it that because they had never been able to fly a person faster than the speed of sound and they didn’t know if a human would be able to handle it.
In October of 1947 Chuck Yeager was one of the test pilots in line to make the attempt.
Others had tried and as they got close, they would have troubles each time with stabilization and the plane would get shaky.
So, they would decelerate and land the plane.
Chuck had actually been injured by a horse a couple days before and was in a lot of pain, but he minimized the accident so that he could fly.
He actually had to use part of a broom handle to get the cockpit to shut due to his injury.
When it was his chance, he went up his plane was launched out of a bomber at 25,00 feet over the Mojave California desert.
He fired the engines and started gaining speed.
The speed of sound is measured as Mach 1.
As Chuck approached Mach .95 the plane was shaking and stabilizing it was becoming even more difficult.
It felt as though the plane might come apart when he hit the sound barrier.
Other pilots had pulled back at this point and were grounded for a time in order to wait for another attempt.
Chuck knew if he didn’t do it now, he might not get another opportunity.
Instead of pulling back, he pushed the throttle down.
He waited for what was to come next.
Everyone near the sight on the ground heard a loud boom as the plane moved passed the speed of sound and the speedometer eventually jumped to Mach 1.06.
Chuck said the plane smoothed out and it was serene and still.
He flew faster than the speed of sound for 18 seconds before cutting the engines and landing.
He had pushed through his own fear and realized that everything calmed down on the other side.
How do you respond when you are trying to accomplish something new or different and things get shaky and scary?
Do you back off or do you push through?
In our lives, the plane is typically our subconscious mind trying to protect us.
It wants us to be safe and secure and also alive.
It does a great job at protecting us.
Any severe pain or trauma in your life has imprinted itself on your subconscious and it does whatever it can to keep that from repeating.
However, many things outside what our subconscious deems as safe are what we really want.
Everything you have in your life is a result of your subconscious mind helping your conscious mind make the decisions that best help to survive.
The problem is that many people are dissatisfied with where they are in life and when you try to go after something that requires you to do new and uncomfortable things, the subconscious tries to explain why you shouldn’t, or can’t do it.
It can come in many forms like rationalization, (I didn’t really want it, or It’s probably not that great anyway), guilt, fear, unworthiness, or possibly even physical illness or symptoms in some extreme cases.
It’s hard to combat.
In fact, the best explanation I have heard about the subconscious mind is that it is a giant elephant and the conscious mind is the jockey.
As long as everything is calm and good, the elephant can be steered and coaxed.
However, once a mouse comes in its path, good luck getting the elephant under control.
I tell the Chuck Yeager story here to illustrate that most often, the other side of fear is nothing and in some cases where everything we want lies.
I also want to point out that how you handle life, stress, and fear shows up in how you handle everything.
I read somewhere, “How you do one thing is kind of how you do everything.”
What are your tactics when things get tough?
Do you give up? Push Through? Freak out? Push loved ones away?
I know for me personally, that I typically become less fun and loving when I’m struggling with a problem.
I kind of shut everyone out and get in my own head.
I become negative or sometimes even mildly depressed.
I start to procrastinate important tasks that are actually solutions.
The people that suffer are my biggest supporters.
Also, it’s counter productive, because I’m best at solving problems when I’m happy, sociable, and proactive.
This started getting much better merely by being aware.
What is your subconscious telling you that is keeping you from what you really want?
It could be lying to you about who you are to keep you safe.
Thank you for reading.