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How Do You Handle an Upside Down Day?

by Lisa

Today was an Upside Down day. That’s when everything was seemingly going one way — the way I planned — and then, in an instant everything changed. Upside down and Inside out.

I got cranky.

It’s not supposed to be this way!

I had everything under control, and all of a sudden priorities and schedules changed. I wasn’t ready for it. I didn’t go with the flow.

It happens in life frequently. What’s the first thing you can do to handle an Upside Down day?

Be Prepared!

Whether it’s a small thing — client changes appointment, printer doesn’t have your brochures ready on time — or a major event — health issue or job loss — preparation is key. If your client cancels, then pick up the phone and start making business development calls. If your brochures aren’t ready, then make sure you have some type of backup handout to use at your presentation.

For major events, such as a job loss or health event coming out of the blue, you can still prepare. Make sure you have appropriate financial savings to carry you. Make sure your affairs are in order such as having an up-to-date will and health care directive. Get these things done now so that should something happen, you’ll be prepared.

Sometimes my Upside Down days happen right in the middle of a schedule I’ve tightly arranged for myself. That was today.

What you don’t want to do is

waste time complaining!

Like I did today.

The second thing you want to do on an Upside Down day is

problem solve.

First, know that one of your solutions may be no solution at all, but just to go on to the next thing. Also called going with the flow. Second, if it makes sense to create a solution, then focus on it. The Upside Down part, well, just leave that well enough alone. Focusing on it will only waste your energy. And make you cranky. Like me. Today.

Prepare. Problem solve.

Keeps your Upside Down day from getting Inside Out.

Photo by: Adam Prew

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Patrenia March 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

This is great Lisa, especially when you can recognize it. I have been known to go on an entire day complaining about something that happened that morning. Just a bunch of wasted time. Although it’s not perfect, I try my best now to pray and meditate each day morning. So that if an incident occurs sometime during the day, I have a better chance of staying focused. It’s definitely still a work in progress. :-)

Lisa March 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Thanks, Patrenia. That’s the key: recognizing it! And, yes, it’s always a work in progress!

Walter March 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Such a powerful message Lisa. Most of the time, I fall victim of my mind by resisting the flow and complaining instead of finding solutions. We all have to remember that we have can influence our reaction when life throws a curve on us, we just need to make that choice. :-)

Lisa April 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

It’s true, Walter, some days are easier than others. But like you said, recognizing that we have influences over our reactions makes a huge difference!

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