You can work as hard as you can at something. Plan all the details perfectly and hope for the best. But what happens when something out of your control interferes with that perfect plan? You can get upset, cry even, but then what? What is the next step?
Recently I was let down on something that I have been striving towards for almost 2 years. The position I was aiming for was given to others who have not been involved as long or as strong in the organization as I had been. To say the least, I was disappointed when I found out. Friends, family, and even others on the team comforted me telling me that I deserved the position but in the end nothing would change.
I took a break from my self-pity party and sat back and thought about the situation. I knew that I deserved it and for whatever reason, I didn’t get it- yes- but sitting there upset was not going to help me at all. I vowed that I would give myself the rest of that night to feel lousy and then the next morning I would wake up and move on. And that’s exactly what I did.
The point is, things are not always going to go the way you hoped or planned and I think that is when true character reveals itself. How are you going to handle yourself? Are you going to sulk or are you going to get up and say “it is what it is, now time to move on” ?