If only you had a crystal ball. The planning, the decisions, the choices would be so much easier. But you don’t. And those decisions and tradeoffs aren’t easy. Should you stay? Should you go? Is that project realistic? What if they reorganize… again? Are you getting the whole story?
What You Do Know About 2016
There’s much you can’t possible predict. But I’m confident…
- A co-worker will really tick you off.
- An unlikely subject will surprise you with their generosity.
- Work you do will be vastly under-appreciated.
- You’ll learn something new.
- You’ll regret what you said.
- He’ll take more credit than he should.
- It will be one of those weeks.
- The balance will get way off kilter.
- You will know you did the best you could.
- You will screw it up.
- The news will suck.
- You will fix it.
Knowing natural ups and downs are going to happen, and they are happening to everyone, will help you save vital energy for what matters most.
There’s much freedom that knowing the minor frustrations are not so much a matter of “if” but “when.” That way when they do show up, instead of reacting poorly you can say “Oh there you are… I’ve been expecting you” and keep perspective on your bigger mission.
I was inspired to write this post when my blogging hero, Seth Godin, shared his more universal Surefire Predictions.