Tactics for Tough Times: Be Ready not to be Ready

Many people are taking this current moment of uncertainty to re-invent themselves and pursue a career that will bring them more meaning.  Some are wallowing and retreating into a shell of self-preservation and depression. I’m committed to equipping THE THRIVERS and inspiring THE WALLOWERS with the resilient skills needed to be agile and vibrant in turbulent times. I am offering in the next few posts, seven tactics for tough times. They will be short, I promise, and hopefully worthwhile to you as we approach the end of a turbulent year and approach the beginning of another one.

Tactic 1: Be Ready not to be Ready

This tactic sounds like it was conjured up over a couple of pints in a pub, but it makes complete sense. We need to embrace uncertainty and chaos as part of the very tenor of our lives. We also need to begin living by a bad plan. No plan is perfect or fool-proof so we need to navigate with a plan that is open to flexibility and interpretation. It won’t always work, but that’s when you make the needed adjustments to another bad plan. After all, no one ever took a driving trip by waiting until all the lights were green. Take a deep breath and get moving with whatever plan you got at hand.

When has a bad plan brought you where you wanted to go? What did you learn? What is your bad plan for 2012?

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Jeff Vankooten is a speaker and author focusing on the power of resilience to effectively engage the challenges of change. He helps leaders, businesses, and organizations develop the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable business environment.
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