Advice For When Things Don’t Go As Planned
You’ve probably heard the John Lennon saying, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” That statement can apply to both your professional and personal life. You can have the best set of plans and have a strong sense of exactly how things should go and regardless, you may experience unplanned bumps on the road, delays and in some instances, the exact opposite of what you wanted to happen. So in cases like these, what do you do? The first thing is become aware of what you can change and what you can’t change.
So for example, there are certain situations that you have no control of. You can’t control other people’s behavior or how they see things or the negative things that were said and done to you. Holding on to past hurt, perceived failures or negative events that have already caused you grief can only cause more of the same. In situations like these, you are better off accepting those things… I’m not saying that you think that what happened was ok but that you just accept what happened for the mere fact that it happened. The opposite of that is driving yourself crazy because you end up ruminating over the past, going over it as though you could somehow change things, when in reality, you’ll never be able to do that.
In other cases, it makes sense to learn from what you experienced and keep working on reaching your goals. This includes fining tuning your approach and from time to time reassessing whether a game plan is the best way to go. Take into consideration that just because something is taking longer than planned, costing more money than you initially thought it would cost or causing you to invest more of your time than what you had initially anticipated, doesn’t necessarily mean that your original plan is a bad plan. In some cases, you’ve got to just stay the course and see the whole process through.
I’ve now given you a few different mindsets that can help you when things don’t go as planned. How will you know which one is right for you? By looking within to find your answers. Taking into consideration that sometimes you think you should do one thing but later on, you see the situation with more clarity and realize that the best course is a different one. Sometimes things are a process so no matter what, be patient and understanding with yourself and know that one way or another, you’ll figure it out.
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