I don’t know about you, but nine times out of ten, my plans never go as planned. As I’ve had one of those weeks where nothing went as planned, as I was sure I was going to make a fool of myself, I over analyzed everything, and psyched myself out… it turns out everything went well, not according to my plan, but everything turned out alright anyway.
At the end of last week a meeting I had did not go the way I thought it would—at all! I was discouraged and wondered if I was cut out to be a speaker, a writer, and a coach after all. After getting home later than planned, we decided to order pizza. After a very rude encounter with a pizza place that shall not be named, I informed the manager that they lost a customer and I vowed to NEVER order from them again. So we ended up picking up burgers instead at almost 8pm—my poor family was starving!
A few days of gloomy weather, a day of yard sales that ended with only buying a single twenty-five cent book, and general crabbiness on my part, I was exhausted.
A weekly phone call that usually leaves me very motivated and refreshed, ready to tackle the next hurdles left me a bit anxious and wondering what was next. Later that day I was to give a speech and as I went to practice the speech a few hours before I was to present it, I froze. I forgot everything!
As I met with my mentor shortly before my speech we thought it would be a good idea to run through it… nope, nothing happened. I couldn’t speak! By that time my nerves got the best of me, I was overwhelmed thinking I had something to prove to someone and I was a mess.
A few deep breaths later, laughter with some friends, and when it came time to talk—BAM! It all went well. The speech I gave was better than planned.
Isn’t that the way it goes, sometimes we just have to get out of the way to let the magic happen.
A bit cheesy, yes!
But really, as I find myself trying to make things happen I realize that it’s best to stand back sometimes, to let go of the power trip, and let things unfold naturally.
It’s me and my plans that get in the way!
Have you had an experience recently that didn’t go as planned but turned out awesome anyway?