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Recently, I boarded a plane to London where I was scheduled to attend a conference. After we were seated, the pilot spoke over the public address system, ''Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. This is your captain speaking. Welcome on board Flight 333, non-stop to Heathrow Airport. Our cruising altitude will be 34,000 feet. We plan to arrive on schedule at 8am. The weather condition in London is nice, with sunny skies and a temperature of 75°F. Once again, we thank you for choosing to fly with us today, and we hope you enjoy your flight.''
Assuring messages like this gives you confidence that you will have a smooth and safe flight all the way. Why? Because the captain precisely knows the destination, departure and arrival times, technical arrangements and weather conditions. But how would you feel if the pilot greeted you otherwise? How long would you like to stay on the plane?
In reality, there are many people who are unsure of themselves and of the path that they will take, and take risks with indefinite plans and without any relationship or professional goals. This always leads to failed ventures, money loss, frustrations and depression.
Remember, you are the captain of your own plane, so never take flight without any proper flight plan. Your plan must be fairly established, with accurate and measurable goals. The specific details will allow you to get attainable and realistic results.
Start identifying your goals to pursue, precise destination to head for and direction to take to get you there. But also prepare some pliable plans if you get surprises on the way. And whenever you have doubts about the course you are taking, try listening to this announcement within you, ''This is your captain, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome on board.''
• Self-confidence helps develop your level of competence
• Motivate yourself, organise resources and record progress
• How you go through your life and career is your own choice
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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company