Editor's Note | Flight Attendant Philosophy
If you wonder how to help others change in life — the answer is simply to change yourself first.
I took a plane the other day and for once actually noted that silly spiel they give before pulling away from the gate. "In case of an emergency, first secure your own oxygen mask and if you have children with you then secure their masks." My first thought was, 'how selfish.' Then I thought about it a bit longer. Take care of yourself first... then assist your children. It's actually pretty valuable advice.
If you wonder how to help others change in life — a spouse, a child, a staff member, etc — the answer is simply to change yourself first. The key to helping others is to help yourself first. The best contribution we can make to someone else is our own personal development. If I become better educated, a better communicator, pursue better health, think of what that will do for my abilities as a father... as a husband... as a business colleague.
I came home from that trip and looked at my sleeping family and thought, 'The best gift I can give to you, really, is my ongoing personal development.' I considered how I could get better, get stronger, become smarter. I think we should all heed the philosophy of the flight attendant. If we, as parents are okay, the kids have an excellent chance of being okay. If we work on our personal development as adults; that's the best gift we can give to our children.
If I learn to create happiness for myself, my children now have an excellent chance to be happy. If I create a unique lifestyle for myself and my spouse, that will be a great example to serve my children. Self-development enables us to serve, to be more valuable to those around us; for our kids... our businesses... our colleagues... our communities... our churches.
This magazine is all about developing a successful lifestyle and improving our health — keys to our ongoing success, and to our attracting opportunities. In other words, if you keep refining all the parts of your character, yourself, your health, etc. so that you become an attractive person to the marketplace - you'll attract opportunity. Opportunity will then begin to seek you out. Your reputation will begin to precede you and people will want to be around you. All of that possibility is created by adopting the philosophy of the flight attendant: Breathe first, help others breathe. Remember, health and success is something you cultivate by continually working on your own personal development; you magnify it by passing it on.
Have a successful month!