The best intentions
It was just a local event. Getting to the parking garage wasn’t the problem. It was finding the venue. I didn’t see any signs as promised, and the directions only made things worse. What transpired next was like a scene from the classic movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, except in my case it was car, bus, and a ton of walking.
I knew the directions didn’t sound right and I should have printed out a map. In my panicked state, I totally forgot to just punch in the venue into my phone to pull up the walking map. So, I did what the directions said and I hopped on a bus. I got to the building, but the event wasn’t there, nor was the restaurant.
As the minutes were ticking away, I knew I had a choice. I could either:
1) Get mad.
2) Go home.
3) Get moving.
I went with choice #3. There was no time to wait for another bus, so I decided to walk and do whatever it took to find the event. I also decided to reframe the situation. After all:
1) It was a beautiful day.
2) I have healed from my accident and now I can walk with no pain!
3) I met a lot of very helpful students on the UNC-Chapel Hill Campus.
4) I was wearing comfortable shoes.
5) I wasn’t one of the speakers. That would have been really bad!
Besides, I had paid for the seminar, I set aside a day on my calendar to be there, and I made a promise to the friends who were speaking. Bailing was not an option, especially for a seminar that was about success! I eventually found the place. Guess where it was? Very close to the parking garage. I rushed in, enjoyed the presentations (and a yummy lunch), and got some great business tips.
Defeated or determined?
When things don’t go as planned, you have a choice. You can get mad and play the blame game or you can suck it up and decide to move forward. You can choose to be defeated or you can press on and succeed at your goal or mission. What I learned that day is that once you decide that failure is not an option, you will succeed. But you have to want to be successful. And you have to be ready for it. Are you ready?
Dori Staehle lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She loves helping people remove stumbling blocks so they can succeed. Dori is a drum healer, inspirational speaker, coach, and best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. For more information or to book Dori for speaking or drumming events, contact her here.