We were on a plane, plummeting through the air at 35,000 feet, with no one able to pilot it safely down. We started locked in the back of the plane and realized that our mission was to make our way to the cockpit to enable the autopilot to help us safely land. We had to overcome several challenges to gain entry to the cockpit, but we made it. What did we do next? Like any sane person in a plane about to crash, we started flipping switches. Thankfully our potentially dangerous decision did not result in the plane plummeting faster to the Earth. Flipping the various switches didn’t appear to result in anything happening, which seemed strange.

After a few minutes, one of our team members started wandering around the back of the plane to find more clues and found that the switches did indeed open up a compartment that led to another clue, helping us successfully engage the autopilot and land the plane. How often in life are we “throwing” many potential solutions at a problem and not fully taking the time to determine if one worked or not. Instead, we keep flipping more switches to see if we can make the needed change, not allowing enough time to see if the desired results were obtained. The escapeletes learned a valuable lesson in life on the plane that day – when a problem arises, creating a plan for addressing it and implement each solution fully to see if it works before jumping to the next one.

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