Notes To My Younger Self:
Airspeed Indicator color definitions in airplanes.
Normal operating speeds, where the airplane and all of its parts are happy as clams.
Normal range where the flaps (panels located on the back edge of the wings so airplanes can operate at slower speeds) can be extended without being damaged.
A cautionary speed range where the airplane can be operated only in smooth air. If there’s any turbulence and the pilot attempts to operate at speeds in the yellow arc, the airplane could be damaged. The same could be said about making abrupt flight control inputs in the yellow arc. Since either turbulence or abrupt control movements put g-loads on the airframe.
Maximum speed the airplane can be flown without being bent, wrinkled, or structurally weakened.
Personal airspeed indicator color definitions:
Your thoughts are positive, you feel energized, optimistic, focused, in your groove, having fun, motoring towards your goals, dreams, your purpose; clam land. You’ll be happy in the green arc as you soar to new levels.
Your thoughts are positive, optimistic, focused, you feel good and are still moving towards your vision. You have a lot on your plate and understand the value of slowing down and developing a detailed game plan so as not to wear yourself out. Then you set realistic limits and develop boundaries to hold these limits. Operating in the white arc gives you the opportunity to understand and respect your personal limits as you move towards your vision.
Your thoughts remain positive, you’re optimistic, focused, you feel good and become aware that there are some barriers—rough air—you need to get past in order to keep accomplishing the steps that will lead to your goals and dreams. Just like in planes when flying through turbulence, you’ll need to slow down, allowing yourself the opportunity to analyze the barriers and, then take time to craft a detailed plan around how to break down the hurdles. You understand that the slower pace is meant to protect your optimism, your energy, your resources, your ability to clear the hurdles, not to delay you from reaching your vision. Operating in the yellow arc develops determination, resilience and patience.
Your thoughts have drifted into negative patterns. You begin to doubt your ability to obtain your dreams and goals. You feel overwhelmed, tired, confused, demotivated and distracted, perhaps even like delaying or giving up. You begin to stop being able to visualize yourself accomplishing your vision. In the red, you risk falling back into old, unproductive patterns you’ve worked so hard to shift.
E.L. Chappel author of Spirit Dance/Storm Makers/Coming very soon: The Surge
“Fear is like fire. If controlled it will help you; if uncontrolled, it will rise up and destroy you. People’s actions depend to a great extent upon fear. We do things either because we enjoy doing them or because we are afraid not to do them.”~John F. Milburn
aka A woman with a purpose.