I got to thinking this evening about the other side of the coin. What happens when all the planning can't address what you face. Some clown causes an accident and you are involved. A bully decides to push you around -- or worse. Just something happens.
What you do and how you respond says a lot about you. And will determine where you go in life.
There are times I don't respond well to surprises. In general, I like to follow my plans through. However, after years managing operations and customer support at a few companies, I've learned to roll with the punches.
However, I also recognize that sometimes you need to fight back.
I was reminded of this today when I was speaking by e-mail with Jeremy Perez. Jeremy was another one of those great folks I met last week in Tampa. His specialty is training people to get out of difficult situations. The ones you never think will happen. Like getting jumped or threatened.
In general, I prefer to avoid altercations. If I ever have to face them, though, Jeremy's techniques are the ones that would serve me well. Jeremy let me link to his site so you can learn more about his self-defense techniques. To check it out, go here: http://infinitesummit.com/selfdefense
You can also train yourself to respond well to the other surprises. Assess the situation. Be thoughtful. Act in alignment. Keep moving towards your primary goal in the process.
And never, ever, ever give up.
PS Check out Jeremy's site and make sure you pick up a personally inscribed copy of Open Your Heart with Skiing: http://infinitesummit.com/book.html.