The only thing constant in life is change. You have to be flexible and change with the changing tides.
There is a big client meeting that you have been working hard to set up. After much follow up you have finally managed to get a meeting. On the morning of the meeting, you wake up feeling not too good. What do you do? Force yourself to show up and put on a sub-par pitch OR push it for another occasion?
Would pushing the meeting to another date be worse than making a poor impression?
There are so many things in life that we are often not fully convinced about or not feeling up to but still go ahead with.
It could just be a meeting, a partnership, a contract, a marriage.
We do it often because it is “expected off us.” Don’t care about what others expect. Care about what is right.
I was recently reading about a poker player who had entered a tournament. On the morning of the tournament, she was not feeling up to it. Her mind was not all there. The problem? The tournament that she had enrolled on would arrive a year later if she missed it this time.
She entered the tournament and lost a LOT of money; only to later lament entering it in the first place.
You need to listen to yourself. Your mind, your body tells you what to do and what not to do. Sometimes you just need to be willing to listen to yourself and to recalibrate.
Just because you made a plan does not mean you have to execute.
I often tell entrepreneurs that Plans are only meant to check your understanding of the world. Nobody expects you to execute them as you wrote them out. The world is dynamic and it changes all the time. Only a fool would expect you to stick to a plan you wrote months or years ago and execute it the same.
You need to change with it, be flexible.
In the case of the Poker player mentioned above, she was left hoping the right cards fell. She was not on top of her game and she should not have played at all in the first place.
Never be left hoping against hope.
We often are confronted with the need to make course corrections in life. Even after having invested a lot of time and effort into something. Don’t succumb to sunk cost fallacy. What is gone is gone. Let it go. Move ahead.
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What we think, we become ~ Buddha