Life coaching in aviation. Throughout my life I always felt an urge or need to know what is out there. I consider that what is presented and taught is a useful set of tools and a starting point, then it’s up to us to know how to use them.
Two of my life goals are to keep a curious mind and make connections that might seem improbable. To create bridges. To ask: “Why not?” Some company cultures there are changing from thinking outside the box to thinking with no box. Using a beginner’s mind approach.
With these beginner’s mind, I ventured into some initiatives involving volunteering specialized in crew members and airlines, mentoring for a youth foundation and collaborating with an organization where clowns visit hospitals to bring joy and relief to patients and their caretakers. Even ventured in a restaurant business.
During my life and career as an airline pilot, I experienced high stress/ high demand situations over short and long periods of time. Have seen its impact in our professional and personal life as well as in our mental and physical health, either in my colleagues’ or my own experience. “What can I do about it?”. Apparently, many things.
However, I did notice that these impacts were seen as a flaw and were treated almost as taboo. Looked into other high stress/ high demand professions such as first responders, medical staff, ambulance drivers, security forces, ATC controllers, and even stock market brokers/dealers, and noticed some similar patterns dealing with the impact of our professions.
These impacts are exacerbated by other related phenomena such as shift work, work-related health issues and critical incidents. After starting a Peer Support Group based on Critical Incident Stress Management It was clear that prevention and awareness are paramount for individuals and organizations.
What first got me interested in Life Coaching and how it’s connected to Mindfulness, CRM, Mentoring, Training in aviation was the ability to explore different perspectives, maybe even build some bridges. It’s benefits and techniques also have proven useful in a wider scope of a Peer Support System. This accumulated life, work, coaching, family, the will to be of assistance to others and the resolve to “do something about it” lead me to embrace this path.