Expecting the Unexpected

DEDICATED WITH LOVE TO ARNOLD BREEDEN

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We all have times in our lives when the best laid plans seem to dissolve right before our eyes. An unexpected event pops up, be it an unplanned meeting or appointment or worse, the illness or passing of a loved one. These things and many more, can bring our daily lives and routines to a crashing halt. We find ourselves immersed in arenas that are anything but normal. I found myself in just such a position over the last few weeks as we neared the end of my dear father-law’s life. May he rest in complete peace.

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Such an event, or series of events, can bring business hopes and dreams and even daily operations to a full and grinding stop. Every single plan needs to be altered; people need to be called; others need to fill in; appointments get rescheduled and meetings get cancelled. This can be mind-boggling and confusing and often leads to an overwhelming feeling of being unorganized and haphazardly existing. I find myself only putting out fires and not walking the path towards my dreams, when the unexpected occurs. But instead of just going through the motions, dazed and shell-shocked, there is something we can do to prepare for the unexpected.

One of the cardinal rules in business planning is to expect the unexpected. If the unexpected is planned for, in whatever way possible, the times that throw a huge monkey wrench into our days will not throw our personal and business dreams and operations off the tracks. If business and personal plans are in place to carry on in unexpected and emergent times, we can devote our attention to the task at hand and know that our jobs and our family and our plans for our future are not dissolving, but instead will flow steadily on in our absence.

There are a couple ways to do this. One is to dream in reverse. If you know you want to launch a small business in two years, you can plan for dry spells and inattentive spans and work them into your time equations and goal planning. This is called contingency planning.

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If you want to have a house built and live in it by January 1, 2016, then you know that the moving van must be booked no later than December 1, 2015 and the closing must happen before November 20th, 2015 and the carpet must be installed and the final touches from the builder need to be completed by October. This creates a time frame for completion of the concrete slabs, the roof and the plumbing and electrical. Do you see how this works? Work in reverse as you plan, add in time for the unexpected and you can still meet your goals.

By knowing the end date or goal, you can plan for the unexpected. You can fit into your dreams a concrete plan for the diversions and pitfalls that befall all of us by virtue of being living, breathing human beings.

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I encourage you to take a moment today to realize that even amid the hustle and bustle and the beginning and end of living there is a continuum that will serve to make such transitions a bit easier. If you know, beforehand, that the unexpected WILL occur, you can fashion into your plans a period of time that can be inserted into the business plan to account for most of the surprises. By doing so, you might even find that by dealing with the unexpected in a rational and mature way, you might even find that the unexpected will put you on a path to greater good and plans that change for the better.

Change is good. Like death and taxes, change is one of the other things that we are practically guaranteed.

Go out and live in today; it’s all we are ever guaranteed. Take your dreams for the future with you. Expect the unexpected. Make contingency plans now.

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Have a perfect week everyone. Checkout some of our Facebook posts lately. We have an LTD 7.2 GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION at the Rowe’s location planned that you won’t want to miss on JULY 29th . From 9:30-10:30 am will be blessing the store and the ribbon cutting will be at 10am; many great deals will continue throughtout the day!  We are also holding a two day Paint Couture workshop on July 28th and July 30th to do an awesome footstool. All materials are provided in the registration fee. Hope to see you soon!

Living the Dream,

Lynne

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