Saturday, May 24, 2014

Consistency in the Chaos

Have you ever had a day where you woke up and the world around you seemed to be unraveling?  Chaos has no boundaries.  Without a plan to deal with it, you can find yourself in big trouble.  I found a solution that may help you when chaos attacks.  It's called consistency.  Here's how it works:
  1. Expect chaos every day.  Yes, you can plan for it to show up when it's not on your calendar.  This way, you won't be shocked when something goes wrong with your plans.  This helps your mindset.  It keeps your attitude positive because you are mentally prepared for the unexpected.
  2. Remain calm at all times.  People seek stability when chaos strikes.  Leaders appear calm on the outside no matter how many butterflies are fluttering on the inside.
  3. Always have a plan B.  Plan A looks great on paper.  The wise person knows chaos is lurking in the shadows of a perfect plan.  Plan B is the answer.
  4. Maintain a positive attitude in every situation.  This is the one thing you have 100% control over.  A consistent positive attitude trumps chaos every time.  It makes the worst situations bearable.
  5. Set up daily rituals.  These patterns of behavior help you get through the most difficult days.  Focus on your positive habits, especially when everything else is in disorder. 
One of my rituals is leaving for work fifteen minutes early every day.  This is how I deal with unexpected accidents or road closures.  That fifteen minute window in my commute makes a big difference when chaos throws a curve ball.  Now it's your turn.  How do you manage chaos in your life?  Please share your ideas below in the comments section.  Have a great day.

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