If you want to improve the quality of your life or business, planning is essential. You have to be honest about your current reality, envision a better future, and then create a roadmap for getting from one to the other.
But having a solid plan is no guarantee against encountering problems along the way. As a mentor of mine used to say, “Doo-doo occurs.”
In the video above, a classical violist faces the unexpected. Near the end of a concert, a cell phone goes off in the audience. Note what he does:
- He embraces the interruption as an opportunity.
- He uses the unexpected to demonstrate his artistry.
- He wins over the crowd and a creates an unforgettable experience.
The Apostle James encouraged this kind of attitude when he wrote:
When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance (1:2–4, J.B. Phillips New Testament)
The bottom line is that it all comes down to your perspective. Do you see obstacles as problems or opportunities?