July 25, 2013
Sometimes "Plan A" Just Isn’t Enough
Have you ever been in a really stressful situation where it seems like nothing is going according to plan? Maybe you had what you thought was a fail-proof plan, but […]
Have you ever been in a really stressful situation where it seems like nothing is going according to plan? Maybe you had what you thought was a fail-proof plan, but when it came time to carry out your plan, everything that could go wrong did.
I had this experience recently as we were getting ready for our nationally-syndicated radio show. We were doing a live test run for the brand new TV show that is now broadcasting the show in 11 million homes (and quickly growing). We decided to move from my normal studio to our office across town.
We had a plan for everything from the audio and video stream to the Internet connection, and even the studio lighting and backdrop for the set. We even allowed ourselves plenty of time to deal with any technical problems…or so we thought.
Wishing for success won’t bring it, but this will…
Simply wishing and hoping you will succeed is like staring intently at the TV hoping the channel will change on its own. Not very effective, is it? The truth is, without a solid plan followed by action, you will not succeed. Get your plan, and take action now!
Mary and Rayven (my sidekicks, and part of our radio team) set up the new space and were in the process of connecting with our studio in New York when I arrived.
But things just weren’t going according to plan. The set wasn’t coming together as we’d hoped, and it did not look professional at all. The air conditioning wasn’t working, so we were all sweating like pigs. And worst of all, we couldn’t connect with the New York studio. (No connection means no radio show!) Everything that could go wrong that night, did.
The clock was ticking and showtime was quickly approaching. With only 45 minutes to go, we made the decision to pack up and head back to our normal studio to do the show.
When we arrived, Rayven and Mary set the equipment up (again), and we did a sound check. The audio equipment worked perfectly, but we ran into even more technical issues with the video equipment. Our team worked together to troubleshoot and find a solution as quickly as possible.
Finaly, with less than 2 minutes until I was live on the air, everything was set up and ready to go. We pulled the curtains, closed the studio door, and the show went off without a hitch! Talk about down to the wire!
The outcome of this situation could have been very different. If Rayven, Mary and I had freaked out about everything that went wrong that Sunday night, we would not have been able to pull it off. But instead of getting caught up in the imperfections, we "rolled with the punches" and the show turned out great!
Have you ever noticed when you don’t freak out, things seem to work out? The reality is, things do not always go according to plan. But in those situations, you have a very important decision to make: You can stress and worry about everything that’s going wrong, or you can improvise in imperfection.
Stress, worry and anxiety cloud your judgment and destroy your ability to solve problems. But when you choose to stay calm and focus on finding a solution, things will work out!
So next time you are in a situation where everything seems to be going wrong, whether it’s at work or home, remember to stop and take a deep breath! Sometimes you have to adjust and just roll with the punches. Don’t get your panties in a wad over it! It happens to all of us, no matter how well we plan. What determines the outcome is how well you handle the situation.
We all need a reminder of this from time to time, so go ahead and pass this message on to your friends, family, and co-workers today!
And speaking of the radio show… Catch The Dani Johnson TV & Radio Show live this Sunday night! We have grown to 95 radio stations and Sirius XM, and now we are LIVE on your TV! I’ll talk to you Sunday night at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT!
In great faith,
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