What Do You Do When Your Plan is Interrupted?

As a leader, you know that often times things don’t go as planned. Employees leave, players get injured, people get sick, friends move across the country, kids rebel, the boss says I have bad news ... the list never ends.

If you lead long enough, circumstances will eventually go against you. In that moment, you may think there is light at the end of the tunnel, but unfortunately it might be an oncoming train.

The question is, “What do you do when your plan is interrupted?”

1. Rely on your training. Practice doesn’t make perfect, as the old saying goes, but it really does prepare you to handle hardship. The greatest athletes and artists are the ones who practice the hardest. They are also the ones who perform under the most pressure. Practice diffuses pressure!

2. Expect the unexpected. Anticipating that things might go wrong can lead to a relaxed attitude when they do go wrong. On the other hand, fear leads to failure. Learn to go with the flow and your confidence will grow.

3. Have a back up plan. A great guitar player always carries a back up set of strings. Tennis players have extra rackets. Your thing might not be strings, but if you give it some thought, you can discern what a back up plan would look like in your environment.

4. Remember that everyone makes mistakes. When and if the plan fails because of human error, be willing to forgive, make adjustments, and move on. If you are the one who messes up, don’t take yourself so seriously. Stuff happens!

5. Learn to “shift on the fly.” Shifting gears in a manual transmission car becomes necessary when the motor reaches a certain level of RPM’s. In that moment the engine revs itself to a crisis point. Shifting, for an experienced driver, is effortless. However, mastery comes only after those tense moments at a red light on an incline, and the sound of a beginner grindings the gears. Likewise, the more things go wrong in your leadership world, the more you will be prepared to handle the interruptions. Your crisis point can lead to a breakthrough.

I am amazed at how often greatness shows its face in the presence of adversity. Learn to welcome the interruptions and you might wow the crowds too.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Do you have any other tips for handling adversity?

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Coach Brown

7 years ago

Our plans are but the means to an end; not the end. Success is not found in the successful completion of the original plan, but accomplishing the goal the plan was focused upon. Roadblocks and detours cause our navigation systems to reroute us to our destination, and same should be true with our plans. Flexibility and a clear focus on the finish line will help us. Good reminder when you said we are not perfect! Mistakes and unforeseen obstacles are to be expected and anticipated. I never coached a football game where the game plan went flawless throughout the game. Adapt, overcome and improvise when needed to find the ultimate goal you seek.


7 years ago

Great insights, Coach. Thanks!


6 years ago

Thank God For your Life,more Gods Word in your heart In Jesus Name.

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