An F-15 pilot was departing Elmendorf Air Force Base on a stormy night with a formation of 8 total F-15s. He realized he had an instrument problem and was moments from crashing. This led him to a calm feeling as he sat and awaited his fate.
Resignation means giving up. This hazardous attitude is one of defeat and pessimism. It can turn a dangerous situation into a deadly situation.
Signs of Resignation
It’s not too hard to spot resignation if you know what to look for. If you find yourself thinking some of the thoughts below (in bold) then you are experiencing resignation to some degree.
- “I can’t fix this situation.” Wrong! You have the controls. You can absolutely change your situation at any time.
- “This is just bad luck.” Wrong! In aviation, there is no luck, you make your own destiny. Take action.
- “Someone else will make the decision.” No, you are the pilot in command, you are the one making the decision, even if you try to let someone else do it.
Don’t resign yourself to resignation
When you realize you are suffering from resignation, don’t resign yourself to your fate…..do something. You can always make things more positive for yourself by continuing to work at it. You are not helpless.
What happened to that F-15 pilot? He realized that he still had a chance to save himself, and he did! Read the full article about the F-15 incident here.