WHEN PLANS FAIL
An article on steps to take when plans fail, or you suffer a disappointment.
When Your Plans Fail
Having a goal and making a plan to achieve that goal is the foundation of working toward change or achievement. What happens when something stops that plan in it’s tracks and you fail. The way you handle and move on from that set back sets the stage for today and the future.
My Bookclub is a group of seven friends that schedule a weekend retreat every year. This year we planned to head to New Mexico on September 9 to a cabin that belongs to one of our group. We have been planning this trip for a year. We each got to take one bag as 6 of us were driving together. Leading up to the trip I ordered a new soft side luggage, got a smaller purse, planned a craft that would not take much space, and got 2 long sleeve shirts as the weather is cooler in the mountains. I was really looking forward to it. Two weeks before were to leave I fell and broke my shoulder in three places. The surgeon performed a replacement reversal and I am currently on a three month healing track.
I would be lieing if I said it didn’t bother me. I was angry, I got depressed, I kept saying why me, I filled the room with if only, if only. My reaction was getting worse, so I had to take control. These steps can help halt that pity party and start you back on the road to success. Sometimes plans fail, this doesn’t make you a failure.
1. Accept it. Not getting that job, not taking that trip, losing a competition, missing out on a deal, they all stink. Accepting it is the first step to moving on. Get up-get moving.
2. Take care of yourself. Eat, sleep, take time
to recover. Guard against the domino
effect where one event shadows another
and then another.