Snow Goose, © Photo by Steve Kaye

How to Take Off | Jan 2018

Take Off Advice from a Goose

Snow Goose, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: "How to Take Off"

Snow Goose, Taking Off

When you see a Snow Goose take off, it knows where it is going.


Consider: Have you ever found a goose that was lost? Have you ever been asked for directions by a goose? Or have you ever seen a flock of geese without a flight plan?

I doubt it.

That’s because every goose knows that a take off includes the following:

1) Destination

Regardless of what you start, this is what you’ll have when you finish.

For example, it can be an achievement, a result, or a reward.

2) Intention

What is your reason for taking off toward this destination?

Often this can be described as a vision or a story about what happens once you arrive.

3) Plan

What actions will take you to your destination?

For a goose, this is simple: Honk, flap your wings, and follow the leader.

Of course human destinations generally require other actions.

4) Map

What specific, measurable, time-related goals will drive each action in your plan?

For example, you might decide to become a better photographer by reading one book about photography per month.

5) Arrival

How will you know that you arrived? And then, what will you do once you are there?

Snow Goose Landing, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: "How to Take Off"

Snow Goose, Landing

Each Landing Foretells Another Take Off

Your life consists of destinations, one after another, that combine into a legacy. And so, once you land you have:

6) Another Destination

Thus, it helps if you choose each of the above parts.


Because each of them is inherently part of every take off. And so, either you choose them or others choose them for you.

Since we’re at the beginning of a new year, I recommend taking time to plan your destinations for the months ahead.

Use this list as an outline. Write your answers. And review them often.

Then, you too can have a successful take off, just like a goose.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Why this matters: Wing Flaps and the Meaning of Flight

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1 Comment
  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 09:50h, 28 January

    Such wise advice, I love it. And beautiful photography.

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