According to Plan

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

And when they don’t, it’s easy to call it a failure.

You can throw in the towel.
Abort mission.
Start the list of excuses.

OR

You can take this as an OPPORTUNITY for a new plan
that may hold even better results.

Tonight was date night with my little princess.

Plan “A” was to go to the trampoline park and jump for a couple hours. It’s one of her favorite places.

However, within 5 minutes of arriving, her stomach became unsettled and we decided to leave.

Bummer.

So it was off to Plan “B” which was walking along the Columbia River and watching the sunset.

Unfortunately, with the breeze and no jacket, it was too cold for her. So our walk lasted about 50 yards.

Bummer.

So then Plan “C” was to drive a short distance over to the airport to sit and watch the planes land.

This is something that we used to do frequently when she was young and now do rarely.

Bingo!

Great conversations while watching the planes land about a hundred yards away.

Talking aerodynamics and physics.
Talking life.
Talking family.
Talking transcendence.

Her take: “It wasn’t what we thought this evening would be about, but it was still fun.”

Take every turn as an opportunity.

Find new paths.

Find new successes.

Expansion & Resistance

Expansion is accompanied by resistance.

As we grow and change
the old choices
the old behaviors
the old relationships
the old view
the old business decisions
the old everything
is fighting for survival and for us to remain unmoved.

But they do move.

They adapt to the new reality
or they fade away as history of a time gone by.

Feel the resistance.

Grapple with the resistance.

On the other side of the resistance is the destiny you desire.

How to Change

morning insight

How do we inspire change in our own lives and in others? Many would answer that we simply set a goal and then just do it. But is that really so? I would have you consider that change is an art and science — not just what you do, but HOW and WHY you do.

  • Do you use punishment and reward?
  • Do you use discipline and control?
  • Do you use sermonizing and guilt?
  • Do you use greed and pride?
  • Do you use ambition and vanity?

While these may get short-term results, they are not as effective in making a long-term or lifestyle change. What inspires us for big, lasting changes?

  • Patience
  • Loving acceptance
  • Painstaking understanding
  • Vigilant awareness of ourselves and others

Widespread change takes time, effort, and iterative steps. It is normal to want it all now: Just do it. But change will take hold only when we temper the immediacy with nature’s pace, grace, consistency, and patterns. Then the results, the numbers, the success becomes true for a lifetime.