Life does not always go as planned.
That’s one of the most annoying statements of truth, ever.
But it’s a huge dosage of truth.
Even the best plans, fail.
When you think about it, there are so many factors involved in most of the things we set out to do.
It’s you. But, then there’s them.
It’s what you want to do. But, then there’s what they want to do.
It’s your schedule. But, then there’s their schedule.
It’s you. The you that really wants to take your life into the palm of your hands and mold the best looking life anyone has ever seen.
But, then it’s you. The you that feels like life itself is chewing you up and spitting you out.
So what are you to do?
Do it anyway?
Go anyway? Try anyway? Dream anyway? Say it anyway? Be it anyway?
Yes. Yes to it all. Do! Go! Try! Dream! Speak! Be!
Do it all, anyway.
The only thing that is 100% within your control is you – even though you feel totally out of control right now.
If you are ever going to get what you want the most, you are going to have to get past the hard stuff.
Plans fail. They just do sometimes.
And when they do, (even when it’s not your fault) just get up, and try again.
You only need it to work once.
After your plans fail, do this:
Give yourself a (brief) minute to melt.
People who hold onto their emotions (rather than allow themselves to feel) eventually explode. Don’t wait until you boil over. Feel what you feel and move on.
Quickly take the next right action.
Hindsight is 20/20. If you look back, you can probably see where things went wrong. What went wrong usually points you in the direction of what’s right. As soon as you are clear on what it may be, take the next right action.
Document the journey.
I absolutely love a good success story. The best ones have details of failed attempts. Don’t cheat yourself out of the luxury of the lesson that accompanies failure.
Everything in your life (the good and the bad) is a part of the story of your success. And when your plans fail again (and they will fail again), look back on this moment to see how to recover.