Despite the best of planning, things sometimes do not go well. In fact, sometimes things go horribly, terribly, and most fantastically wrong. In fact, I’m currently digging myself out from under a mountain of Girl Scout Cookies in the garage, that we haven’t sold yet, because the weather hasn’t cooperated. So, what do you do when all else fails?
When All Else Fails… Make a New Plan
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and make a new plan. Throw in some contingency plans, and be realistic about what else you can do. This is key for someone in a leadership position, because everyone is going to be looking to YOU to come up with something. In my case, I ordered another 6000 or so boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. I had better have at least 3 plans to get rid of them. And I do know how to sell them all. It just may take longer than planned.
When All Else Fails… Keep a Sense of Humor
You can either laugh, or you can cry. I find that keeping a sense of humor really helps in all of those situations that inevitably crop up. Others will look to you to see exactly how you react before reacting themselves. Have you ever noticed how kids will fall down, and scrape their knees? The first thing they do many times is to see exactly how the parent is reacting. If the parent helicopters in, and makes a lot of noise about the situation, they’re likely to cry, cling, and generally give into hysterics. If the parent acts nonchalant about it, the kid likely will too. That is- unless they’re seriously hurt.
So, exhibiting a sense of humor, and laughing about even tough situations makes them easier to handle, and people will tend to follow that lead. If you are tense, uptight, and making a big fuss, everyone else around you will pick up on that, and act that way too.
When All Else Fails… There is Always Tomorrow
At the end of the day, there is always tomorrow. As Mary Radmacher says- “courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow'”. Sometimes you just have to keep trying, and keep working at it. Perseverance is a key trait.
What do you do? When All Else Fails?
What are your tips for dealing with everything blowing up, and failing?