After ten years of working under great stress, Paul Hill developed a strategy and mental exercises that helped him overcome stress. It all started in 2001, when he saved the entire crew of the International Space Station from certain death due to a malfunction on the Discovery space shuttle.
Countless times, people, driven by emotions, first make a wrong assessment, and then, based on it, make steps that make the situation even more difficult. In addition to moving away from the right solution, people don’t even know how to do even more damage! This man is aware of that, and he has compiled strategies and mental exercises that keep us “on the right path”.
The most important thing, of course, is to approach the problem calmly. It all starts with a quality analysis of available data and good mutual communication. Thus, it was established that there was more moisture in the aircraft than it should, so it was concluded that the problem was with the cooling system.
The secret lies here
These are concrete examples from practice, which are still used today when there are problems with flight control.
Does the team have enough information and how can I get it?
What do the data so far say about the critical situation?
Which data are known and which data are not known?
What is the worst that could happen?
What are the steps we can take that are safe for the participants?
Hill also states that, if we happen again in the problems we have already been in, we should remember the way we solved the situation last time, and not act hastily. We can always panic, but sometimes it is too late to find out a certain piece of information or to react. So, it is better to focus on knowledge and analysis, because if panic is the first reaction, it can be fatal.