Preparing To Fly

Post 1_Kites

If you’ve ever flown a large kite before, I’m talking over two meters in length, you’re likely to have noticed two things. The first is that it takes preparation to get it off the ground smoothly. And secondly, once the kite is in the air, it needs to stay up there until you’re ready to land it.

Timing really does matter. It needs to be a dry day, and the wind speeds should be appropriate for the size of the kite. Your chosen flying space should be safe and clear of hazards. You need to know the exact direction in which the wind is blowing, known as the “downwind” direction. The kite and the rest of the flying equipment should be unpacked and assembled accurately. The kite should be weighed down to avoid it from flying off, and the lines need to be free from tangles and secured to the earth with a ground stake. Once you have done all of this you need to visualise the area in which the kite flies, known as the “wind window,” before you pull back on the handles and let it rise with the wind.

The kite is now airborne and you can hear it hissing in the wind 20 metres above your head. You can feel the power of the wind transferring down the lines and into the handles. Nature is a formidable force, and maintaining razor-sharp focus at all times is absolutely critical. At zenith (the highest point the kite can go above your head) the wind is at it’s lowest power. The pull of the wind increases the closer the kite comes to the earth, and you circulate the kite in a figure of eight to avoid it from losing control and crash landing. The kite must keep moving in the right patch of sky to ensure it remains airborne, but at the same time, you need to move your limbs and the rest of your body in a way which almost feels like you’re dancing with the wind.

When you have set out to undertake new projects in life how smoothly have they taken off? And if they did, how long did they remain airborne? The success behind starting a project and keeping it running through to completion lies in the quality of its preparation and management along the way. Preparation and management are directly driven by our thinking patterns, which we often leave unchecked, and in some cases can cause projects to crash.

How do you prepare and remain focussed?

Written by Prashant Jadav. For more information about coaching and personal development support, please get in touch here.