When we asked the Flight Training Facebook community “What are your aviation goals for 2012?” the wall lit up with responses. Fifty people took the time to write what they wanted to achieve. Not surprisingly, a lot of those people wrote “Get my private pilot certificate.”
Congratulations! Believe it or not, those who took that simple first step of jotting it on our Facebook wall are on their way. I’d love to see every single person achieve their aviation dream in 2012, and so I feel compelled to share motivational speaker Zig Ziglar’s goal-setting strategy. Let not another year go by without having taken that introductory flight, finished your training, or started your next certificate or rating.
- Write it down (Done!)
- Put a date on it
- List the obstacles you have to overcome (Time? Money for training? Medical concerns? Spousal support?)
- Identify the people, groups, or organizations you need to work with (Your CFI, your flight school, your spouse, your aviation medical examiner…)
- Spell out a plan of action (If, say, you’re finishing up your cross-countries before taking the checkride, sit down with your CFI and look over what’s left to complete so that nothing comes as a surprise. Similarly, if you’re just starting out on the road to a certificate, ask your flight instructor to go over the syllabus with you so that you have a working understanding of what lies ahead.)
- Set a time limit.
- Identify the benefits that you will obtain. That’s an easy one for most of us! Freedom, adventure, travel, and greater self-confidence are just some of the benefits that you may experience when you become a pilot. Good luck in 2012!–Jill W. Tallman