When I studied political science in college, we learned about linkage. The concept was applied with respect to the Cold War, the superpowers, and linking of attitudes, policies, behaviors, actions and consequences.
Linkage is also true with respect to circumstances in our personal and professional life. Very little happens in a vacuum.
Example? Last night things got crazy busy at home. There were crying, fussy kids, my wife was out with some girlfriends…I was solo dad trying to keep it together.
Everyone survived, but I didn’t get things done that I needed to: a few letters, some financial review, a couple emails, dishes, they got pushed out. That situation slowed everything down for today, changed the dynamic, and required adjustment.
My response after some admittedly strong frustration? I poured a little cold brew coffee, took a few deep breaths, and considered my reality.
What do I need to shift on the list, what must still get done on time, any meetings I can reschedule? I shuffle, jive, shift, and all the while, work to move things forward.
This sort of thing happens more than I’d like to admit. It’s why being able to handle change, adjust, figure out the best next step, and have a good attitude all the while is helpful. I do ok, overall.
I remind myself,
“As long as you’re doing what you want to do, taking care of the people and things you’re responsible for, you’re on the right path.”
Change is the only constant, as they say.
The trick as I mentioned earlier, is to keep a good attitude overall as you go through the process. You need to maintain your focus on the big picture, even as you’re required to adjust your tasks, your tactics, your priorities.
Realizing that things are linked together, that you have to be ready to modify your plan and approach, that’s a big part of the secret.
Change happens, as noted. The question is, what do you need to do to keep moving forward?
The linkage between your attitude, how you approach your goals, and the realities of daily life is undeniable. How you respond is up to you.