Life is full of surprises! Even the best laid plans can go wrong. Whether plans were not made well or unforeseen circumstances arise, things can get way off course quickly. We have all experienced this at some point in life. The day at the beach that gets rained out, the camping trip with no way to build a fire, the day fishing on the lake when you left your cooler on shore, or maybe the family fun day that begins with the car breaking down 30 minutes into the trip. While some of these things are either poor planning or oversight of details on a good plan, others are simply out of our control. Whatever the reason, these things may ruin your plans but they don’t have to ruin your great day!
Four Things You Can Do To Still Make Your Day Great:
- Be Positive! This may seem odd considering your potentially great day just got derailed, but it is of first importance. Oftentimes, we can make a difficult situation worse by our reaction to it. This is especially true if you are with other people. Try to set the tone and respond positively. Is there a bright side in the situation? Try to find it and focus on it while you seek to solve the problem at hand.
- Be Flexible! Take a minute to think it through. Can this problem be easily solved? Is there an alternative activity you can do instead? By being proactive, many of the most difficult circumstances have been turned into life long memories… stories to tell your friends and family for years to come.
- Be Honest! While you need to be positive and seek to find a solution, it is also important to be honest with yourself about the situation. If the circumstances are truly dire, this isn’t the time for false hope. You may need to completely abandon your plans for the sake of safety or harmony. The lightening storm that appears out of nowhere while your at the beach should definitely cause you to seek shelter. Don’t try to “ride it out” if you are potentially putting yourself and others in harms way.
- Be Thankful! In the end, remember to give thanks in all circumstances. You don’t have to be thankful for the circumstances themselves, but focus on all the things in your life you can be thankful for. Be thankful for health, friends, family, work, and the opportunity to still make today a great day!
While you can’t control what may happen on any given day, you can control how you respond to it. As the old saying goes, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade… and maybe even set up a lemonade stand. Do these 4 things and you can make any day a great day, even when things don’t go as planned!