How Agile Is Your Mind?
How Agile Is Your Mind?
“Fortune favors the prepared mind” -Louis Pasteur
I was supposed to be at a basketball game with my family today. Unfortunately, even though the clocks have sprung forward as a sign of Spring, the long New England weather brought another snow storm, so the drive to the game was not to be for safety reasons. Everyone was disappointed to be sure. Expectations for all dashed. “Why do we have to live in this climate?” “Now we’re cooped up in the house all day!” “Great way to end the weekend…”
Does it feel as if sometimes the world is conspiring against you, that you have a black cloud over your head? “My dryer broke now I have no money.” “I should have received that promotion not Jack.” “This always happens to me, why does my life constantly blow?” Obviously successful, happy people must not suffer these unfortunate events. Hmmm…
Unfortunately, circumstances not within your control will disrupt your plans. Disappointment such as this is actually not uncommon both personally and professionally. Truth is it’s your reaction to these events, not the events which create life’s path. It’s the way you choose to process events, not the events themselves as they become almost secondary. How agile you are with your thoughts and subsequent behavior? Do you see you have options or feel constantly victimized? How prepared are you to shift your focus?
Today actually became quite the success. We read, went snowshoeing, had a family game of Clue. This blog was typed realizing that every day brings the same opportunity as today, the opportunity to take control of what is controllable while making the most of what is not. My goal for today was not really the basketball game, rather it was to spend quality family time. Yes, we missed the game however the family time goal was met. A different memory created, a successful outcome to the goal.
Are you able to continuously adapt to events which derail your “plans? Do you have the tools to help overcome life’s obstacles? While goals are usually thought of in the long term, it’s the smaller pieces of your large goals, which really matter to your ultimate success. Your challenge is to see the many opportunities that actually exist rather than believing you are limited to one of your original focus. If this sounds like you, perhaps working with a coach can help.
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