Sometimes things don’t work out exactly the way we’d like them.
We get stuck in traffic, then late to an appointment.
We forget an item important to a recipe during a grocery run or to send an email before we left the office.
These things and many more happen, no one is immune to them. It’s how we handle them that will be remembered.
Recently in our house a wallet was misplaced with a sizeable amount of cash in it. We knew it was here, but where? We had two choices, to freak out, get upset and stressed or to simply relax and believe it will turn up. For two days we chose to relax, we looked, but didn’t get upset about it not being where we were looking. After two days we looked in a place we thought we’d already looked, and voila, there it was, right were we put it. What a fabulous lesson in patience and in making a mental note in the future when we put things down.
The same things happen in our work, we forget an email, we run into traffic and are late for an appointment, etc. When these situations occur it’s an excellent time to really reflect on what’s the most important thing here. Being upset about a mistake, or making peace with it and moving on, taking a lesson with us to improve in the future.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not proposing sloppy work, poor planning or anything of that nature, what I’m saying is that when challenges come up, work through them and put them in the past. At the end of the day is it really helpful to the person you yelled at, or anyone else for that matter, because you were late or couldn’t find something? Absolutely Not!
The next time something doesn’t go perfect remember perfection is a myth; it can’t be reached its not possible. All we can do is our very best, each and every time, besides if we waited until we were perfect before doing anything, we’d never get anything done.