Around World War II, planes started getting faster. Shortly after, we started building planes that could fly close to the speed of sound. As planes approached the speed of sound, though, the noise would increase, and a lot of pilots and engineers were concerned that at a certain point, a plane would tear itself apart from the noise. I’m sure that in the pilot’s seat, it must have been pretty terrifying. For that reason, they often referred to the “Sound Barrier,” meaning they might not be able to break through it. What happened, though, was that once the airplane was going faster than the speed of sound, rather than being noisy, it was peaceful and quiet. They were literally out-running the sound they were making.
What does this have to do with coaching, leadership, personal growth? I’m glad you asked. So often when we wish to make a change in our lives, as we approach the threshold, it starts to get really noisy from fear and worry, to the point we wonder if we will survive. As we push through the barrier we find out that on the contrary, it’s peaceful and quiet. I’ve been through this process myself many times, and guided clients through it, yet it never fails to amaze me how each time we approach that barrier and it gets noisy, even though we may “know” how quiet it will be on the other side, we worry and hold back. I know I do this. I’m doing it right now in some areas of my life, even though I “know better.” The solution, to keep pushing the throttle and trust that it will be OK, not just OK, but peaceful.