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Leadership Tips: Life is Curly – Go with It

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“Life is curly. Don’t try to straighten it out.”
– Susan Scott

This year will not go as you have it planned right now on January 4, 2016. In 2016, you will have triumphs you didn’t expect, setbacks you didn’t anticipate, and new people enter your life. You may have the same challenges, and you may not. You may have the same job responsibilities, and you may not. When things are out of your control this year, you will choose how you feel about what happens. And, more importantly, you will choose what you do after.

For stability seekers, the notion of the unexpected and changing can be disconcerting. For the thrill seekers, it can be exciting. Regardless of what side of the spectrum you live on, you are responsible for the outcomes.

This week’s tip is to accept that your plans will change and go with it. “Going with it” may sound counter to being intentional, but it isn’t. It is necessary to accept that the journey you are on often looks like a large squiggly pattern opposed to the straight line. It won’t always make sense. It won’t always go your way.

Your journey can be jarring, frustrating, and bumpy, or it can be exciting, fun, and twisty. One way to look at it is scary. The other is to look at it as exhilarating. You get to choose.

To all of you, I wish you a curly 2016. Embrace the ups and downs, the ins and outs.

And let’s enjoy this ride together.


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