facts tell us what to do and how to do it, but it is our humanity that tells us
that we must DO something, and why we must do it“. ~ Sully Sullenberger
On January 15, 2009, Sully Sullenberger DID
something courageous that resulted in something miraculous. That was the day U.S. Airways Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York, struck some birds on its assent, and lost both engines.
But a “Miracle on the Hudson” occurred when the plane was successfully guided to a safe landing in the Hudson River off Manhattan by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles.
All 155 people on board were saved because swift and sure action was taken!
Looking back on that day, Sully told CBS This Morning on the 5th Anniversary of the miracle, “It was one of those events, in the first couple of seconds, I knew it was going to be unlike anything I had ever experienced. It was going to define my life into before and after.”
Sully was quickly labeled a hero, and he certainly was. The Guild of Air pilots and Air Navigators awarded Sully and the entire crew of Flight 1549 a Master’s Medal. The citation read:
It is clear that the crew reacted to the emergency as they had practiced in training. However, Sully had not only logged 19,000+ hours in airplanes, but he was also a glider pilot. It was the know-how of flying glider planes, and Sully’s quick action that resulted in the miraculous outcome on that particular day.
Sully Sullenberger is an ACTION HERO!
Your ACTIONs can make you an ACTION HERO, too! Here’s how:
1. Participate in activities that empower you.
“Never confuse movement with action” ~ Ernest Hemmingway
“Busy” people are not necessarily successful people. “Busy” doesn’t empower you or make you wealthy. You must take the right action to progress forward.
Take time to analyze how you spend your time, and decide if your actions are really helping you to go where you want to go.
2. Be on the offensive side of action – not the defensive side.
“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react” ~ George Bernard Shaw
If you spend your time always “catching up” and not “moving up”, then your actions will likely not make you heroic. Sully Sullenberger and the other crew members were expected to react in the way that they did during the flight emergency in 2009. But Sully surely could not have foreseen that his time in glider planes would ever be used to safely land a jetliner. Sully Sullenberger saved 155 people because he acted from knowledge and experience instead of simply reacting from training.
Take time to analyze whether you are making decisions defensively, or if you’re taking action that will lead to more positive action.
3. Don’t wait for _______, just take a step forward from where you are.
“Action conquers fear” ~ Peter Nivio Zarlenga
Zarlenga also said, “The difficulty of every individual who ever desired to achieve something worthwhile, comes in the movement“.
I have been in a place where fear created so much fog, that I wasn’t sure which direction I should step in. I learned that the direction didn’t matter as much as the action to simply start moving. You can always get back on track if you head in the wrong direction, but there IS NO progress in a stand still.
Take time to analyze your fears. Face those fears. Make a move offensively. Do it scared. Just DO IT.
4. Do something unpredictable and vary your experiences.
“If you only do what you know you can, you never do very much” ~ Tom Krause
Try something everyday that you’re not convinced you can do. You’ll have one of two results:
1. You’ll do it, and now you’ll KNOW you can do it! You’ll be an ACTION HERO.
2. You won’t be able to do it, and now you’ll KNOW where you need to grow. Your decision to grow will make you an ACTION HERO.
Just like Sully Sullenberger relying on his glider experience, you may never know where your simple action will take you; OR how it may save the life of another.
Remember, “…it is our humanity that tells us that we must DO something, and why we must do it”
Today is the day to define your life into
“before” and “after”.
No matter what life throws at you, you can
always be an