How to Escape an Emotional Tailspin

Take the narrative and jam it in the opposite direction of travel.

AP2
The Shortform

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In aviation, we make a point about sitting on our hands initially whenever we experience a non-normal scenario. This prevents us from making matters worse.

If you don’t know what’s happening, your attempts to improve things can backfire spectacularly. It’s critically important to gain clarity first.

I’ll give you a good example. If you’re in a tailspin, trying to escape by flying conventionally will only deepen the stall.

You must first recognise what’s going on and then understand what you have control over.

In this case, it’s the rudder you must jam in the opposite direction of rotation. Only then can you regain control of your other flight controls and fly away.

For you, the thing you can always control is the narrative. If it’s thrown you into a tailspin, I suggest you take it and jam it in the opposite direction of travel.

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AP2
The Shortform

Aviator. Author. Awesome Father. Expert at stalling. I help people navigate their fears and take command of life.