Some people don’t like to be surprised.
That’s a tough spot they put themselves in, because odds are good that surprises are gonna happen whether we like them or not.
Being attached to preconceived outcomes is tantamount to setting yourself up for disappointment and maybe even FAILURE!
You might say: “THIS is MY plan which I will execute flawlessly and complete precisely per the specs and time allotted.”
Have your forgotten or are you in denial about Murphy?
While I acknowledge that we humans have A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. abilities to visualize an outcome, make a plan, and execute that plan we must keep in mind the most probable truth . . . Seldom does anything of significance happen in strict accordance of the plan.
Surprises can be great . . . After all, the creation of the post-it note was a HUGE surprise to the Leadership of 3M (click the link for the whole story).
Surprises are surprising, and we must embrace them because they teach us useful things.
Surprises teach us that we are not in full control all of the time (if ever).
Surprises teach us to be open to possibilities instead of being bounded by impossibilities.
Surprises give us permission to be wrong – not as a bad thing . . . as a learning tool.
Surprises are myriad as relationships unfold . . . every person is a veritable Pandora’s box full of endless discoveries that can only show up when we are willing to practice interpersonal exploration.
So . . . Let hair down!
Expect to be SURPRISED!