(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)

Less than 25% of the world’s population is older than 53 meaning that for over three-quarters of living people the first landing on the Moon’s surface by humans is in interesting historical event not a personally remembered one.

The last moments of the ride down were punctuated by an automated alarm which could have aborted the landing but was overridden by the pilot in a judgement call. The correct call.

The alarm – a 1202 – was reporting that the onboard computer was overloaded with data and may not be able to perform all its functions accurately. The same can happen to us.

Too much data, too many options, too many calls for decisions, too many possible outcomes. Overwhelm.
The computer alarm on the Apollo lander was later diagnosed to be the result of a unique combination of inputs never before encountered in the countless mission simulations. The pilot responded coolly and without fear. He had practiced.

When our minds get overloaded each of us respond in our own way. Fight, flight, freeze, or faint are the common responses. How well we cope with overwhelm is a mark of life success. A good area to build skills.

Coaching Point: Had any 1202’s lately?

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