Lessons from Storm Chasing
Oh my gosh, I just got hooked into watching four straight hours of Storm Chasers on Discovery Channel, where three teams of experts spent six weeks of prime time tornado season trying to place themselves in harm’s way to gather data and capture never before seen footage of tornadoes.
Although the researchers were able to gather data here and there in narrow misses with various storms, the filmmaker needed to experience a direct tornado “intercept” in order to get the shot he wanted.
You can imagine how tricky it is to predict where a tornado will travel, in order to place your reinforced tank on a road in perfect timing to get in the middle of the action.
Day after day these teams chase various promising storm systems, and day after day they come up empty. After six weeks of narrow misses, their morale is taking a big toll. On the LAST day of storm season, they head out with little energy for the project that they were once so enthusiastic about.
What really got my attention was on the start of their last desperate morning, the filmmaker walks his crew through a visualization of encountering a tornado. He asks them to imagine a beautifully forming storm system, dark clouds, a nice funnel, debris collecting underneath, winds picking up speed … all indications of conditions for the much-anticipated tornado interception.
(I was wondering when they would use their creative powers to get what they wanted!)
Long story short, they FINALLY, after six weeks of chasing storms, actually experience a direct intercept. They got their very cool TIV (tornado intercept vehicle) in the right place at the right time and the tornado passes directly over them.
Mission accomplished? Almost. Although they intercepted the tornado (actually two in one day, after six weeks of NOTHING!), it wasn’t the dramatic film experience they were after.
Their story offered a couple learning opportunities:
1 – PERSISTENCE. These guys didn’t quit. Without a lot to go on, and even though they were running on fumes at the end, they stayed committed to their dream. The filmmaker had been chasing storms for over eight years, and this was the closest he’d been. Although he didn’t get his “money shot,” he said he’ll gear up for next year, and the year after that, and the year after that if he has to.
How often do we give up before we get what we want? Universe rewards commitment.
2 – ACCURATE TARGET. Their visualization was great for conjuring up a tornado and putting them in the right place at the right time. But what they really wanted, apparently, was to also get impressive film footage of it. All they got on this last day was dusty frames of a lot of debris being blown about. Not exactly what they wanted. Maybe their next visualization will include THAT last part, I hope.
How often have we done the same thing? Thinking we’re locked on exactly what we want, only to discover after getting it that we left something key out. I know I have.
So here’s what my four hours of goofing off with Discovery Channel lent me tonight. Let’s make sure we’re clear about what we truly want up front, call in our manifesting powers early on in our endeavor (rather than after we get desperate), and remember our commitment throughout the journey.
With that being said, I’m dedicating the rest of my weekend to a review of my business and personal goals, just to make sure they’re complete and on target, and renewing my commitment if I find it’s lapsed at all.
Happy weekend, everyone!