Why You Should Handle Your Health Like the Boeing B-17 Model 299
Aug 12, 2018
Anyone who knows me well will know that I have a love-hate relationship with flying. I love traveling to new and exciting places. It’s the thrill of the adventure. Of going somewhere outside of my routine. Mixing it up to inspire more creativity.
The flip side is that I don’t love the process of getting to my destination. The smells on the plane are a mix of stale food, body odor and fumes from the operation of the plane. They upset my stomach. The bumps and jostles during takeoff and landing seem unnatural and I’m sure the plane is about to explode. When we’re in the air, the slightest amount of turbulence makes me nauseous. I’m convinced the plane is going to crash. I work hard to tame the runaway thoughts I have about how my exciting adventure is going to end in a water rescue. I know it’s more in my head than anything else.
The whole process of flying seems unnatural to me. It’s a giant, heavy, metal object that hurtles through the sky without falling to the earth. So weird. While I can’t explain the physics of how it works, flying is incredibly complex and simple all at the same time.
I’ve had the privilege of sitting in the cockpit on a few small planes. The pilot took me through the process of flying, during the entire trip. He explained what all the bumps meant, which helped to make my flying experience much more, um… tolerable.
Follow your health safety checklist and there’s much less chance of things going wrong “mid-flight.”
What I learned is that the flying checklist that all pilots now go through, originated around 1935. The Boeing Model 299 was a hugely complex beast. It was known as the Boeing B17- Flying Fortress. It was deemed to be much more capable than the competition. This plane was designed to go faster, carry more and outperform in every capacity. Only on its first public demonstration, it crashed.
They deemed this airplane as “too much plane for one man to fly.” As a result of its complex systems and instruments, there was too much going on for one pilot to control. Boeing nearly lost everything with what appeared to be an epic failure.
Rather than give up, the flight checklist was born. Several short checklists were created as an operating manual for the Model 299. If the checklist could not be complete, the plane was not cleared to fly. These short, situation-specific checklists allowed pilots to simplify the complex task of operating the Model 299. Once this system was implemented, the plane went on to dominate the industry. This checklist system is still used today, by every commercial pilot across the world.
If you’re trying to “fix” your health by doing a million different things, you’re going to fail.
So how does the Boeing Model 299 relate to you and your health? Simple. If you’re trying to “fix” your health by doing a million different things, you’re going to fail. Like the Boeing did. Hacking the system doesn’t work. Supplements don’t work. Fast fixes will set you up for long-term failure. Think like Boeing and approach your health systematically.
You have seven pillars of health, seven checklists that need to pass. Four of those are your “do not pass go” checklists. That’s your sleep, nutrition, exercise, and mental health. Those need to be addressed before you can add on more layers. You need to sleep 7-9 hours of sleep to perform at your best. No exceptions. You need nutrition that balances your blood sugar, from whole foods. You need to actively build muscle mass and train your balance as you age. And you need to balance your stress. No exceptions.
You have seven pillars of health, seven checklists that need to pass. Four of those are your “do not pass go” checklists.
These are your fail-safes. They keep your operating system running. They are the foundational pillars of everything you are working towards. Follow your health safety checklist and there’s much less chance of things going wrong “mid-flight.”
I’m here to help you design your own checklist system. So that you can crush that anxiety over your future. The fear that you’re going to be stuck here forever. So that the damage isn’t irreversible. You’ll move towards the best version of you. Where you’re acknowledged for your unique talents. And are set up for success for the rest of your life. Contact me to set up a free consultation, where I can help you redesign your health.