Say you’re up, soaring locally with no special plan except to enjoy it and stay safe. But whether you like it or not, soaring is all about decisions. Even deciding not to decide is… you get it. One big choice that’s yours to make at any point is: would you rather have an excellent flight or a mediocre one? ’s up to you!
For a mediocre flight just keep doing what you always do, and maybe bring music or some of your favorite food. It’s easy. But that’s less satisfying and for many reasons less safe than excellence.
If you prefer excellence, simply challenge yourself. Pick some uncertain goal like getting to a far edge of the neighborhood and back, or doing so more quickly. Not something easy, something with a fifty-fifty chance of failure. The point is not to achieve victory, it’s to try hard, learn a lot and and obtain more than a mere minimum of personal satisfaction. If success were defined by avoiding failure, playing checkers with two-year olds would demonstrate your superiority. Success that comes from pursuing excellence is at your fingertips every moment, and pursuing it will lead to greater pleasures (and safety) on every subsequent flight. No one can ask for more.