How Astronauts Cheer Up

Commander Chris Hadfield is the master at taking the long view and seeing the opportunities in tough situations. (If you need a reminder of who Chris Hadfield is, watch his cover of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, recorded on board the International Space Station on YouTube).

When he was overlooked for going into space not just once but four times he says:

“This is when attitude really started to matter. I have a clear memory of giving myself a pep talk about then that started with, ‘Don’t be an idiot’. I reminded myself that I wasn’t sitting around doing nothing. I was learning so much every day that I could almost hear my neurons firing.”

He is a master of the ‘flip it’ technique.  He does feel disappointment and does get affected but somehow finds a genuine opportunity or upside quickly.  This allows him to perform better and enjoy the process.

His book is littered with examples of his mind-set in action.  He talks about how he responded when things went wrong on space walks.  And he had the same troubles as many people have with a boss – he worked with a difficult senior astronaut who would dress him down in front of mission control.

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“I learned a lot from him ….I realised, wow, he’s really effective and a top operator of a complex vehicle.  He had some great skills and some fundamental problems… It helped me stop reacting emotionally to his abuse and start trying to figure out how to make the best of the situation.  The key was to understand that the problems were his, not mine and they all seemed to stem from his insecurity”.

‘Flip it’ is an essential foundation you can acquire on our Positive Leadership. Peak Performance course and apply to your own real life situations.

Chris’ style of personal leadership and his leadership of others is an excellent example of the behaviours and positive practices we’re coaching on our Positive Leadership. Peak Performance Programmes.  Hard evidence shows that using positive leadership practices to lead yourself and others delivers higher sales, more internal engagement and better productivity.  If you would be interested in how it can help you meet your goals, please do get in touch.

Buy Chris Hadfield’s book ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ on Amazon.

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