“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is just inconvenience.” – Robert Fulgham
Inconveniences and challenges provide learning opportunities.
What happened this week that was a lesson, and did the very worst thing that could have happened happen? Usually the worst never happens. Even when it does, it is survivable.
My husband, Peter, and I got married two years ago this week, on a Saturday. The prior Tuesday, just four days before one of the most exciting days of our lives (if not THE most exciting), my mom, who I was very close to, died of cancer. We all knew she had it, but we had just been to the doctor who raved about how great her vital signs were and how we joked about her not really wanting to have to socialize at the wedding (she was a real introvert in many ways). Somehow, we got through that week, and had a wonderful memorial service for her the day before our wedding….. in fact the day of the rehearsal dinner….can you imagine that?
Lots of that time was a blurr looking back. I do remember that our wedding day was one of the most magical days and that everyone raved about the simple but elegant event. We had so many last minute decisions and changes – it was not very orchestrated, but now that I look back, it is what made it so special. I remember feeling numb sometimes, and very emotion-filled at others. I also remember all the big cards people sent…….you know, those really oversized cards. Nearly half were wedding congratulations and the other half were condolences. I look back and think how confusing that felt.
My point is that aside from life issues like this….the rest is miniscule and you can work it out. If your sales are in a slump, or a new competitor is nipping at your heels, or you lost that big deal you were counting on; shake it off and don’t stress. Focus on what you can do and move forward, with energy and passion. Being stressed out, unhappy, and frustrated will not help you represent your products and services. Take this to heart – and find ways to either not carry the world on your shoulders or perhaps – just perhaps – it’s not a good time to represent your company’s products.