When we plan, whether it's a personal plan, a business marketing plan, or a non profit development plan, we assume we are going to be successful. We work hard to make sure the plan will lead us to success. But, there are many things that can cause delays and even derail us from our end goals and outcomes. But, most plans do not have a crisis component built into it. That is a mistake because ANYTHING could go wrong, I've seen some of the best laid plans fail miserably because something went wrong.
When a crisis occurs you might be able to maintain it internally without news leaking to the public, but more often than not the public finds out. So, plan for the plan failing, plan for a crisis and plan that the news will go public. Here are 3 things you must do when managing this kind of crisis.
If the breakdown is inevitable and you just couldn't avoid it, (read about avoiding a breakdown by clicking here) see the immense opportunity in it. Yes, I know, when you are down, destroyed, and lying on the side of the road smoking (reference to my car) there IS opportunity. Don't roll your eyes. I know this sounds woo woo, but maybe Deepak can change your mind.
Deepak Chopra, a person I greatly admire, says that in every problem we face there is an opportunity that awaits you. It's your choice whether you seize it or not. In order to seize it, you must recognize that the opportunity exists.
When you recognize, you gain the chance to rebuild. Even in the wake of complete annihilation you can pick yourself, or your business, or your car up and start again.
Okay, late night blogging sessions have already lost their luster for me. Wait, I never did dig them very much! I'm going to have to make a change. I must say, writing when all other things are off your plate, does feel good. But, not getting enough sleep...this does NOT feel good. So how to address this dilemma? Which one has negative consequences in the short AND long term?
Lack of sleep is detrimental for your body and health. Your body does important rejuvenation work when you are sleeping. When you sleep less, you rejuvenate less. Eventually, this catches up with you. For some the affects can take longer, but for others , they could start suffering immediately.
For me, lack of sleep has become a norm, well with the baby and all. If you are not sleeping enough, whatever your reason, then you have to ask, how do you help your body rejuvenate when you can only get a few hours of rest a night, instead of the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep?
I try to take short breaks throughout the day. I will brew a hot cup of tea and close my eyes for a few seconds. Do a sun salutation as the sun streams through my windows. My daughter enjoys when I am doing this too! When she takes a nap, and if I don't have too many things piled up on my desk, I will take a hot steaming shower, or meditate. I call these my mini-vacations. Before I started taking mini-vacations, I thought I was going to lose my mind. The mini-vacations really do wonders for helping me feel rested and taken care of. As a solopreneur, I am the biggest asset for my company. So staying alert, and aware, as well as participating, and listening all require my best self, a healthy me!
Now it's your turn. Tell me, how do you take the time you need to rejuvenate? And.. what's your favorite act of rejuvenation?