Friday, May 31, 2013
How to Handle a Setback
It was the perfect writing day -- my wife was at work and my children were each involved in their own activities. I camped out for the day in my basement. A severe thunderstorm struck in the middle of my writing time. I unplugged the power chord to my laptop to prevent any power surges during a lightning strike and kept typing.
I was "in the zone." The words were flowing so fast that I forgot to hit the save button. The power blinked and knocked out my internet connection. And my chapter was gone. My allotted writing time expired. I cringed. I thought, how am I going to handle this? Then, the answer came to me. Instead of wallowing, I devised a plan to piece together a few minutes here and there before my Friday deadline. Here is the lesson I learned:
Any setback can be overcome as long as you keep your attitude positive. I felt like I was pilot on a plane who just lost an engine. The first urge is to panic. The next thought is to remember a time when this happened before and say to yourself, hey, I didn't crash...I'm a survivor.
My next book chapter will be released today at 8:08 AM, Pacific Time at Caveman Reflections Cyber-bistro. Once again, the plane will land safely and on time. Yes, I suffered a setback. No, the world didn't come to an end. I lost an engine but I maintained a positive attitude throughout the storm. How did you handle a setback in your life? Your comments are welcome below.