Resiliency RocksMar 16, 2021
Have you ever been thrown off your game first thing in the morning? Did you let it ruin your entire day? I had a situation happen that reminded me how resilient we really can be.
I was supposed to leave the house at 6:00am to be at my destination by 7:00am. I slept on the couch as I did not want to disturb the household. I was tossing and turning and could not sleep.
I believe the daylight savings time change messed with my head. Never the less, I woke up at 6:45am in a panic. I jumped up and brushed my teeth, made a quick cup of java and headed out the door so I could make my 7:00am call while driving to my destination.
I was scheduled to meet some movers to do a final move out of a 4th floor storage area. Logistically it required quite a bit of coordination. We didn't get it all done on Saturday and planned for a meet at 8:30am. Ten minutes prior to my arrival I received a call from the movers. Someone had stolen their truck from the front of their building. How does an 18 foot truck so easily disappear? The poor guys were in a panic.
What would you have done? I queried several people and the answer was similar, we will just reschedule. That was not an option for me. So what next? I thought, well, I will do what i can by myself and then I said to myself, wait, think this through carefully. How would your best self show up? I was on a tight schedule. This was the the day to finish this up and I had allocated 4 hours on my calendar to get it done!
Here is where resiliency comes in. The ability to bounce back from any situation. I suggested they rent a truck and I could tell they were in no emotional state to do such. So, here is what happened. Since I had a pickup truck, I told them if they provided the manpower, I would go rent a U-Haul enclosed trailer. They were ecstatic. The owner said, Maria, call us from U-Haul and let us know and we will be there in 20 minutes. So off I go and discovered the enclosed trailer would not clear the garage of the building so a quick change and an open trailer would fit the bill. Done!
We were able to empty the storage, take everything to the disposal site and I was back in my home by noon to take my next coaching call. It was quite incredible. Here is the resiliency lesson:
- When faced with challenges, do not give up so easily.
- Be resilient so you can recover quickly from difficulties.
- Resilient people don't wallow or dwell on failures; they acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward.
- Resilience is important for a number of reasons; it enables us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences which could be overwhelming, it helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods of time, and can also protect us from the development of some mental health difficulties.
Have an awesome day wherever you are and as always my friends...
Stay focused, stay positive, and always have fun.
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