We Don’t Always Get What We Want

Life is hard.  I’ll be blunt – if you think it isn’t you’re fooling yourself.

The good news is that life is what you make of it.  You, alone, are able to directly influence the quality of your life.

Some people are more than happy, though, to sit back and stare at the lemons life gives them.

Others, like me, are only content to take lemons if they are, in fact, what we ordered.  If I didn’t order lemons from life, you can bet I am not going to take them when they come my way. I don’t care what happens to the lemons in the kitchen after sending them back – that’s a problem for another day.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” Audrey Hepburn

I looked up synonyms for the word “obstacle” on Thesaurus.com.  Here are fifteen for you to peruse: bump, difficulty, handicap, hardship, hurdle, interference, obstruction, restriction, snag, stumbling block, encumbrance, hamper, hang-up, interruption and booby trap.

Those fifteen words are only half of the total options given – there are 30 synonyms for obstacles for a reason. Why? Because they are commonplace.

Knowing that – you must realize you are going to hit obstacles in life.

“Imagine the unimaginable; humor your imagination.” Pete Blaber

The imaginable and the unimaginable are going to happen to you.  I promise.
When some people see an obstacle they stop and stare. I figure out ways to get around the obstacles and I’m able to do so because I am prepared for contingencies.  My problem is that once
I’ve decided on a course of action and I am going – I don’t like to stop.

Veterans have a saying that the plan “never survives contact with the enemy”. This means we understand plans are great – but no matter the amount of time I’ve devoted to the “plan” – I will alter it if and when necessary in order to successfully complete the mission.

We don’t fall in love with plans – just use them as the tool they are. And we always have a backup.

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” Randy Pausch

Dr. Randy Pausch was a tenured professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.  In September of 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis of 3-6 months to live due to pancreatic cancer. He succumbed to the disease 9 months later in July of 2008.

During that time, however, he gave a series of talks about the way to live your life.  To say they are inspirational is a massive understatement.

Randy Pausch knew how to live and he knew better than to throw in the towel, sit back, and commence to feeling sorry for himself.  He didn’t quit, he thrived.

Quitting isn’t an option.  If you are reading this I’m guessing that you are looking for ways to better yourself or your organization.

Life is more than just getting what you want.  So quit worrying and learn to embrace life for the challenges it throws at you.

Imagine your unimaginable. It’s going to happen.

When it does, are you ready or will you stick with your original plan?

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