Yesterday, I started off trying to get to a networking meeting with fellow entrepreneurs. Didn’t happen. Tried to get my phone bill paid at my network provider-Nyet. Tried to pay my cable bill-same story. By 3pm, frustrated and weary at my failed attempts, while at the same time dealing with other challenges, I returned home to have a meal and regroup.
Often, we have a to-do list of things to accomplish, and we leave the house determined to check them all off before we return. But often the day has other ideas-other agendas, other peoples’ plans and before you know it, we are sidetracked, sidelined, delayed and postponed. When this happens, we feel defeated and wonder if we should have stayed home with a cup of tea and a good book and never ventured.
However, the Oxford Dictionary defines a delay as, ‘a period of time in which something is late or postponed’- therefore, a delay can also be viewed as an opportunity to regroup, to rethink strategy, or to do some more research. At worst, it may be that while you were all ready and on fire, the world had other plans, as it invariably does.
At the end, I found other things to do while dealing with my ‘delay’- I went to yoga class, where I ‘ying’ meditated, I got together with friends and exchanged ideas about the next step in the entrepreneurial journey. And most of all, I reminded myself (as should you), that this is for the rest of my life- I can afford to divert from plan, just as long as I get back on track at the earliest opportunity.
What are your thoughts?