Today, I am going to talk about something that happened on one of our recent fear of flying courses which I suspect a lot of you will be able to relate to....
I have called this Blog 'suspicious minds' today.
At the end of our courses, we always do a flight. This is a chance for people to update themselves in terms of how they 'used to feel about flying' versus how they 'now feel about flying.'
It is a fantastic part of the day and the euphoria is something to behold.
He was seated in row number one, seat letter E. Anything about this that has occured to you????
This was how it was written
This spelt DIE to our customer and he took this as a sign of imminent death.
I am not mocking this person. My message is simply this. If we allow this type of thinking to become something that governs our behaviour, then it is very easy to let all sorts of other suspicious thinking take hold. For example:
'I must fly in seat 41A and only this seat.'
'I must sit next to an aisle.'
'I won't fly on Turbo Prop aircraft.'
'I won't take flights at night as they are less safe.'
One of the annoying things I do to people on our courses (with their permission) is push them to challenge any rigid thinking. For example, one person on our Leeds course last weekend, won't look out the window. So, I encouraged her to take peeks, then glances and then eventually she watched the landing.
Maybe, you could think about any types of 'rules' or 'rituals' that you set for yourself? Do they really keep you safe?
Paul and Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear Team