When Things Don’t Go Your Way

despairWe introduced a refined definition for bigg success last week. Bigg success is life on your own terms. It was our first real tweak to Bigg Success in the time we’ve been online.

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marylynnWe have a story to share with you about that launch. Sometimes bad luck and bad timing seem to conspire against us. We work ahead on our shows. We had five shows in mind to introduce you to life on your own terms. Our plan was to have them all fully done before the beginning of the week.

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Catching a bug

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georgeNow let’s go back about a month. I bragged that I hadn’t been sick for several years. Not even a cold. Well, you can guess what happened … within about a week, I got the flu. That really slowed us down!

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marylynn
Yeah, we got behind on our recording because George was so sick.

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A cold front

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georgeAfter about four days of the flu, I finally was feeling more normal. The next day, I noticed a really bad tickle in my throat. I tried to ward it off – Vitamin C, orange juice, Airborne – but I ended up with a full-fledged cold.

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marylynnThis all happened when we were coming up on our deadline for recording the five shows that we now call our Bigg Success Primer. We planned to have these shows as a feature for new visitors to Bigg Success.

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georgeI knew I sounded very nasally, but I also knew I couldn’t do anything about it. We just had to go ahead and record. So we decided to do it one day at a time, hoping it would get better show after show.

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marylynnSo here we were. It was Saturday. The first of the five shows needed to be posted before Monday. We wanted to get that first show done.

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george
I felt and sounded the best about an hour after taking my meds.

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We’re experiencing technical difficulties

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marylynnSo we’re ready to record, but we had technical problems with our wireless network. Neither of us could get online which meant I wouldn’t be able to post our new show. We tried working on it ourselves. We rebooted. We went through the troubleshooting procedures. We checked forums. Finally, we called for technical support. After a couple of hours, our network was working again.

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georgeBut by then, I was really drowsy – one of the effects of the meds I was taking. So we decided to push recording back to Sunday.

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marylynnSo on Sunday, we were all ready to record. We were able to get online, but the printer wasn’t responding. Déjà vu all over again! Once again, we tried everything we could think of before going online for support. It cost us a good hour, but we finally got up and running.

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At that point, we didn’t have a choice. We had to record if we wanted to stick with the plan of posting our show on Monday. So we did.

What an experience! In the process, we recognized that things just don’t go as planned much of the time.

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georgeI realized in all of this that we need to add a line to wedding vows. We say “in sickness and in health”. Maybe we should add “when technology works and when it doesn’t!”

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marylynnI think George might be onto something there. We dealt with sickness and technology that wasn’t working all at the same time. I’m glad to say that we made it through!

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As we discussed this whole situation, we realized something important …

Applying lessons learned can turn what could be a major event into just an annoyance.
Knowing what to do is one thing. Putting that knowledge to work is what counts. All of the things that happened to us could have been really stressful since we had the misfortune of having them all happen at once.

It takes two times as long as you expect to do just about anything.
We’ve heard this said over and over and it’s the first lesson we applied. We had allowed for extra time. So when all of these things happened, we had time. Good thing … we needed every bit of it!

You don’t have to change everything at once.
This is the second lesson that we applied. We heard this from three different people. Two relayed their personal experience to us: Wendy Piersall from Sparkplugging and  Taylor Caby at CardRunners. Another person, Holland Cooke with Holland Cooke Media, shared his observations. We can’t thank them enough for their nuggets of wisdom!

We have some planned changes in the near future. They’re relatively minor things, but they all take time. Because we listened and, even more importantly, applied our friends’ advice to our situation, we didn’t try to incorporate all of our planned changes all at once. Because of that, our stress levels were much lower in spite of the circumstances.

Have you had a situation recently where things didn’t go as planned? What did you do about it?
You can share that with us by leaving a comment below, calling us at 888.455.BIGG or sending us an e-mail at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com.

Thank you for reading our post today. 

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8 replies
  1. Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach
    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach says:

    This part – “I realized in all of this that we need to add a line to wedding vows. We say “in sickness and in health”. Maybe we should add “when technology works and when it doesn’t!” ”

    Love it!

    Whenever things don’t go as I expect, I see that as a signpost to turn on a dime and see what lessons I can learn. Took many years to develop that outlook, let me tell you. :)

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  2. George & Mary-Lynn
    George & Mary-Lynn says:

    Barbara, so glad you got a kick out of that line! Yes, sometimes it takes time to learn that a bad thing can be a good thing turned inside out. We have to look for positives so we don’t wallow in negatives. Thanks so much for your comment.

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  3. Matt Beckwith
    Matt Beckwith says:

    George and Mary-Lynn, I started listening to your show when Douglas Welch announced on Twitter that he was going to be on an upcoming episode and have been listening ever since. I enjoy your positive tone and great topics. I usually listen to 2 or 3 at a time as I don’t listen everyday.

    I liked today’s episode about when things don’t go according to plan and wanted to share a similar story with you, coincidently about starting a podcast.

    My family and I have been producing a family podcast (http://pizzagohere.com) for two years now and during that entire time I have had an idea about a new podcast. Even though the draw of podcasts are that people all over the world can listen, I wanted to start a local podcast that would highlight how great it is to live where we do. Our city has had it’s share of bad press through the years and last year became known as ground zero for the foreclosure crisis. All the negative press last year really got me motivated. Then Forbes ran an article declaring our city the most miserable in the US and I finally put my plan into action.

    I drew out the show concept, acquired the domain and started writing out the first few episodes of Podcast Stockton in January and early February. I had planned on recording the initial episodes and start releasing them in late March. I couldn’t wait to share the project with my community. After hearing all of the bad things about living here I was eager to share just how awesome I still thought our city was.

    My plans were all coming together. That was until, our home was burglarized on March 11. During the day when my wife and I were at work and our kids were in school (and, it’s important to mention, our dog was in the garage), someone hopped over our back fence, pried open our back door and ransacked our home. They stole mostly electronics and jewelry and left a wave of destruction in nearly every part of the house.

    My family and I were devastated. Most of the items taken from us can be replaced. Our sense of security, however, will not be so easily recoverable.

    I was angry and hurt. I was also questioning my own desire to roll out Podcast Stockton. It was, after all, a show that was to highlight the positive side of living in Stockton and I had just been through a very negative event. I considered throwing in the towel and scrapping all of my plans. Later in the day, however, I realized that my feelings were normal and that the best course of action was to continue as planned.

    I made the decision that evening that the show must go on (although I didn’t exactly say it that way at the time). I chose to find the positive aspects of our ordeal and Podcast Stockton episode 0 was released ahead of schedule on March 22. Another nagging thought about quitting was the fact that I made a soft-announcement a few days before. Lucky for me, one of the writers from our local newspaper picked it up and put it on his blog. That reminded me of a great lesson: tell others about your goals; it’s harder to quit that way!

    Again, great show guys! Thanks for letting me share.

    – Matt Beckwith
    Stockton, California
    http://mattbeckwith.com
    http://podcaststockton.com
    http://pizzagohere.com

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  4. Nicky  Labour Hiring
    Nicky Labour Hiring says:

    Guys what an experience for you both, I did have a good chuckle though never say never, cause you could just end up like this.
    “I realized in all of this that we need to add a line to wedding vows. We say “in sickness and in health”. Maybe we should add “when technology works and when it doesn’t!” ”
    This is the best thing since sliced cheese and yes they have to add this into the wedding vows I just love it.
    Guys I really love your blog and all the information that i get out of it.

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  5. Matt Cover
    Matt Cover says:

    When things don’t go your way. Interesting, particularly as I have just finished reading a book about relationships and achieving a healthy balance of needs and wants. I must have a look at this series and see if I can apply what I have just read.

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