Prepare For The Unexpected

18 11 2011

I love this quote by American motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar:

“It is important in anything you do, to be prepared for the unexpected.” 

It is great to assume things are going to work one way, as long as you realize that new things pop up and you will have to work around them in order to accomplish your goals.

I was led to write this blog this evening as I just returned from my first ski day of the season. The weather was great down in Reno today, and we assumed we would have great weather up in Tahoe for some skiing at Boreal. Our plan was to go up, ski for a few hours, come back down and have time this afternoon to work on some other things. That however was not the case.

We drove up, almost halfway there, and found ourselves in the middle of a windy winter storm, that was not only piling snow up on the interstate, but it was blowing in every direction, making it very difficult to see while driving. As we made it up to the top of the pass, where Boreal is located, we realized that this was not going to be a quick trip. The interstate was completely backed up and there were accidents everywhere. We went along and skied for a few hours. It was an awesome first day of skiing as we were surrounded in what felt like a mid-winter storm.

As we left at the end of the day, we were caught in the middle of a traffic jam and not returning to Reno on time. We arrived in Reno almost 4 hours later than we originally planned.

Thankfully I planned ahead and completed some of my projects before I left, and made sure I would be capable of finishing the rest of my work in case we couldn’t make it back in the timely manner we expected.

The important thing we gathered from this experience was how important it is to plan for some setbacks. You never truly know what is going to come your way and there is a lot that will be out of your control. The only thing you can do is plan ahead of time. This way, no matter what happens, you will be ready for it, and you can decide how to make it work towards your goal!

Expect the best, prepare for the worst, and capitalize on what comes!

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