Planning is great, but can you adjust when things don’t go your way?

Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Many times we start out with a realistic, achievable plan in life – one we’ve taken great time to nurture and revise based on circumstances we forgot to include when we started. But what I’ve come to understand in my almost 40 years of living is that plans rarely go the way we “plan” them in our heads.

This derailment of expectations can oftentimes lead us to an unfamiliar environment with no road map or contingency plan to help us navigate through the uncharted waters of life. For some it’s cause for anxiety and even sadness – feeling utterly defeated at the failure of what you thought in your heart was a foolproof scenario.

But that doesn’t mean all is lost. As Darwin says, you need to be “the one most responsive to change” in order to discover another plan waiting for you in the wings – many times better than the one you originally concocted.

While we all like to cling to what’s secure and safe in a world full of surprises, the reality is that many times there might be another way, a better way to achieve the success you’re looking for. Sometimes you just have to look at things a little differently.

Marilyn Monroe once remarked, “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”