We all have plans, we plan a wedding, a birthday party, how to start a new business, how to achieve some requisite targets, plans on resolutions and so on and so forth. Some managers believe in the management by objective mantra. When you lay down a plan you can only be optimistic, you can never say you plan to fail. But then again failure at times is inevitable… we plan to save, to buy a house and just when you are about to make the deposit a more urgent need arises, maybe your business needs supplies, you have a hospital bill to settle distractions could be many. But are we prepared for failure, are ever prepared on what to do when those very plans do not materialize? Can you say that you are?
That is why today I would like you and me to start thinking about that probability of failure instead of fire fighting every time things go wrong. I have been there many times, I usually make plans but as every optimist would, I shave off all those bad elements ignore them even when they are glaring at me. We all are culprits of counting the chicks in the eggs we carry, only to realize that some of them are bad or they end up as omelette and we forget we wanted them to hatch in the first place.
If you steal my diary you will find a thousand and one to do list, same with emails, things that need to be replied to or worked on, I have dates I never go to, and some promises that are on the verge of breaking. I know you’ll tell me to be a man of my word, but at times that is so freaking hard, you start off well but on the way you find so many places you could should visit or some potential better ways emerge which are might lead you to that dead end and you lose the cause even before you know it…
Today I didn’t feel like writing anything, until I remembered having this debate about goals and veering off tangents to miss the bull’s eye with my cousin, do you start blaming yourself, others, God or do you just learn and move on? I will avoid being verbose and ask you, what do you do when you take on a tangent off your goal? Are you even prepared for it?