In the The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, the authors point out 2 ways of handling unexpected situations. The first is to let everything spiral downwards. You miss a flight, your plans are ruined, the day is lost, everything is terrible, nothing possibly good could come of this. When we think like that, we miss opportunities to redeem the time, to pick up an unexpected benefit, to find something greater than what we originally planned.
What if you can now stay home for the party you didn’t think you could make? What if you can call a long distance friend in the city you’re stuck in for lunch? What if something better could happen from this situation? This is the second way to look at situations that don’t go as planned. Instead of a downward spiral, imagine arrows jumping from the unexpected event towards all these potential opportunities. This is what you want your mind doing when things don’t go as planned.
This is helpful for leadership, entrepreneurship, creative endeavors, parenting, relationships, or just your day to day living.
This week, look for opportunities when things don’t go your way.