How To Handle the Unexpected Thing That Will Happen Today!
On some scale, there are always changes to our plans. You get sick. Your child gets sick. Your client gets sick. Your car gets sick.
My first attempt at climbing 14,411′ Mt. Rainier was a three-day effort… one day hike to timberline, another day to the half-way point on Steamboat Prow, and another day to the summit and back.
Day 1. Arrive at timberline, set up tent, prepare dinner of freeze-dried stuff. The Unexpected: I forget to pack my little mountain cookstove to heat the water with.
Day 2. Arrive at Steamboat Prow, about 9,750′. The Unexpected: windstorm and whiteout.
Day 3. Wake up. The Unexpected: One end of tent covered with blown snow, group leaders decide to cancel summit attempt.
Three things, in this order (!) always to do when The Unexpected hits you today:
- Get back to basics. Catch a bug? Get rest and eat right. Client take longer than expected? Limit the rest of the day to the one thing that, at the end of the day, you’ll be most happy having accomplished. Basics first.
- Plan your course. First, where are you at… what assets, resources, gifts, talents do you have immediately available to you? Second, where do you want to be… what will it look like when this is past? Third, how will you get from here to there? Plan your course.
- Talk with someone who can give you advice and feedback… preferably someone not already emotionally involved in your situation.
These points work on any scale, you just have to fill in your own blanks.
Share your thoughts!
What’s The Unexpected thing that happened to you today? How did you handle it?