With all the best intentions and careful planning, for one reason or another it just doesn’t play out how you expect it to.
This happened recently when we entered Indie, our kelpie into the hill climb at the 2018 Kelpie Muster at Casterton in Victoria.
The goal of the competition was to compete for the quickest time up a steep hill. It seemed very easy. All that was required of Indie was to run straight up the 900-meter hill as Aaron my partner called from the top.
She is fast. We felt confident that she would do well. It certainly started that way, but then she became a little confused and stopped as if to get some bearings and then when she realised where she had to go, she was back on track.
Of course, we were extremely proud of her 1minute and 29 second effort not quite as quick as Ned the Kelpies 29.9 seconds. But for her first time we were impressed.
There is always something to be learned from a challenge and it is important to remember this.
We may have a clear view of where we want to go but its not until we start that we realise the path might be a little different than we expected it to be.
We might feel the weight of expectations or disappointment. It is so easy to pick out and procrastinate on what didn’t work. We are all good at this.
Take some time to discover what has worked so far
Acknowledge things haven’t gone quite to plan.
Re-evaluate with an idea of what the future looks like, or what might be.
Consider the actions required to move forward.
Be kind to yourself and others.
Talk to others, ask questions of people who have done it before and consider their lessons and take on board their wisdom and advice.
It’s ok and normal to have moments of doubt or disappointment. Don’t dwell on it, lean into it accept the discomfort and choose your next move.
Ultimately how you view the challenge will determine your success.
Wishing you wellbeing.