When Things Don’t Go As Planned…

So how was your week? Well, mine went absolutely well — until Monday rolled along! Not only wasn’t I able to work on this weeks blog entry but I also had a few additional disappointments.

I had planned on setting up my Tik Tok account and learn how to properly video myself – (BTW, Tik Tok Creator Academy has great how-to videos) – after a 4 day long week-end that I had for Easter here in Canada. I had figured that nothing could go wrong! I was rested, I had my head full of ideas … and then, life turned around and said “hold my drink” and threw a couple of wrenches into my plan.

I’m not going to go into details as to what those were because that’s not the part that is important; what is important is the fact that even though I was distraught and totally disappointed, I figured that I’d take that time to reevaluate what I had decided to do and take a look at how I could be productive – even with the limited amount of time I had this week.

Staying Positive … When You Don’t Feel Like It

Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t totally distraught, I believe things happen and it’s how you overcome them that truly defines who and what you are but having said that, I do have to admit that not being able to follow through what I had entailed for the week was something that brought me down.

One big way that I kept my “positivity level” up was to focus on what the end-game was: to get better at what I was doing and accepting the fact that things will sometimes not go as planned.

The other aspect I kept in mind was that, as bad as I thought it was, it would – at one point or another in the near future – get better. I thought back of my Basic Training when I joined the Army. Everyone around me thought I was either really stupid or totally out-of-it when I was always in good humour and smiling. My answer at that time was the same as this week: this too will pass and get better.

Planning – For Success And For Hiccups

Life is full of ups and downs; we all know that but it’s how you keep positive when things aren’t going your way that is key to your success and is, in my view, one of the biggest challenges and biggest accomplishments that you can make during those times.

And let’s face it; it isn’t always about just you. Things happen at work, within your family unit, even around the house! Heck, who hasn’t had to take care of a clogged sink or worse, a clogged toilet??? How you resolve to keep the focus you need to get these done or resolved will also help you realize that “hey, I was able to get that done!”.

What I’m getting at here is that when you’re self-employed, or working towards that goal, things will happen to make you question that goal and a lot of times, you’ll not only question your sanity but even your goal!

Preparing for those hiccups and life’s down parts may not be easy but writing down and planning what you could do to offset a portion of those is something that can, at minimum, keep you smiling and more importantly, keep you focused on your goal.

Keeping Your “Why” Close To You

One of the biggest challenges we all face is being able to answer the big question: “Why am I doing this?” One way Dean Holland helps us define that for each of us is in his book, The Iceberg Effect, (which you can easily order via the link and paying the small shipping & handling fee, we’ll take care of the rest), is by taking a look at what your “WHY” is?

During my vacation, I was able to review what I had previously written as my “Why” and, even though each of us have our own “Why”, this “time off” provided me with the time to review what I had previously thought was my “Why” and, like many things in life, it had changed – I was able to better define what it truly was at this point in my life. (Something I can write in another blog entry).

Being able to stay positive when things go wrong is being able to look at what you had planned for your success and truly believe that whatever happens, you will stay the course and continue your journey because quitting is not an option.

What I now have planned for the rest of the week-end is to plan the next couple of weeks so that I can stay the course and – finally make those Tik Tok videos and start using that Social Media outlet to broaden my reach for others, who, like us, just want to have a better life because we are financially secure as Affiliate Marketers and, I’ll be adding comments to my fellow bloggers website like I usually do on Sundays.

So, time to get back on track and continue on my planned journey!

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To your success… To our success!

30 thoughts on “When Things Don’t Go As Planned…”

      1. Hi Marc,
        This post has helped me so much. Thank you! I have had so many things pulling me in different direction that I’m ready to pull my hair out of my head! I’m feeling a little disappointed in myself too, because I haven’t been able to work on my business like I’ve wanted to lately either 😕 It’s so nice to hear some encouraging words once in a while to help give you a boost. Thank you for that. 🙂

        1. Hi Meredith,
          Glad it was of help! Definitely was a plus when I was writing it, that’s for sure. Sometimes we just need to sit down, relax, breath and just take it easy. Thanks for dropping in and for your comments!

  1. Sarah Goulding

    This blog has exceptional timing in my life! Thank you so much. My last 2 weeks have had me looking for cameras to see if I was on a reality TV show and everyone is watching at home wondering how much more could I take before cracking!

    Thank you so much for this, for me, this had huge value and very motivating and comforting.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thank you for your comment and hopefully you were able to find that rare pearl! One big thing: don’t overthink it.
      Take care!

  2. Hi Marc, Great reminders of how important resilience is. It’s not how many times you get knocked down that matters, it’s a willingness to always get back up and move forward. Your “why” can overcome any “how”. I also loved the inclusion of an audio of your post. Listening brought a wonderful deeper dimension to your written words. Thanks – I look forward to your next post. Michael

    1. Thank you Michael,
      Appreciate your comment; it is true: overcome obstacles definitely make us stronger and answering our “why” is also key.
      All the best,

  3. Marc, Your resilience and positivity in the face of setbacks is truly inspiring. It’s understandable how unexpected challenges can bring us down, but your ability to reevaluate and stay focused on your goals is commendable. Remembering your “why” and staying committed to your journey, despite obstacles, shows true dedication. Your determination to make the most of your time and continue pushing forward is admirable. Keep staying positive and focused on your goals – your success is inevitable! Thanks, Atif

    1. Hi Atif,
      Comments like these and the support from other members like yourself is one key component of my success; thank you for taking the time to come and comment – your support is definitely appreciated.
      All the best!

    1. Hi Kate,
      Absolutely, rolling with the punches or obstacles is definitely one way to keep my optimism up! Sending a whole bag full of optimism right back at you!
      Take care!

  4. Hi, Marc!
    I can tell from your posts you do keep a positive attitude.
    It is very reassuring as I tend to get overwhelmed. Seeing you grow your business while keeping a positive, happy stride is inspiring.
    I like how you said you stay positive because you know quitting is not an option. This made me realize something. I fear failure, but that will only happen if I quit. So, there’s no need to get overwhelmed or panicked because I’m not quitting.
    I’m adopting your smiley outlook!
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Nakina,
      Thank you for your comment. It isn’t easy but with the help of others – like yourself – it does definitely become easier.
      All the best – positivity and all! 🙂

  5. Marc,

    Maintaining positivity amidst setbacks is key to success. Reflecting on the end-goal and accepting challenges as part of the journey bolsters resilience. Planning for both success and obstacles is crucial in entrepreneurship. Reconnecting with our “Why” keeps us grounded and focused. Embracing upcoming goals, like expanding social media presence, demonstrates proactive determination. With perseverance and optimism, overcoming hurdles becomes a stepping stone to achievement.

    Keep forging ahead with unwavering dedication and optimism—your resilience is inspiring!


    1. Hi CJ,
      Thank you for your great comment – and with that in my back pocket, there’s no reason for me to NOT succeed! Thank you my friend!

  6. Oh yes, circumstances can change on a dime. The important thing is your shift to overcome the negativity associated with those circumstances. The ability to say, “Okay, so this happened, but now what do I need to do to get past it and move on?” Many are not able to let go of disappointment quickly or at all. Resilience is key. Remembering your why speaks volumes for overcoming life’s challenges. Finding the positive in any negative situation is a difficult but powerful mental tool.

    1. Hi Vanessa,
      Absolutely, finding the positive when everything is showing as being negative is a truly powerful tool. Too bad that they don’t teach us that when we’re younger! It’s become quite helpful in my later years!
      All the best!

  7. Yes, that has been my experience this past few weeks as well, and like you I just need to keep reminding myself of my why!
    The road may not always be straight and smooth, but we still need to follow it to get to our destination.

    Thanks for the reminder

    1. Hi Tony,
      Thank you for your comment and hopefully, like me, you were able to find the positive in all of it.
      Sending you a few bucket loads of positives!

  8. What seemed to be not the important part was important. Now you can re-evaluate what you decided to do and look at how you could be productive – even with your limited time this week.

    You had time to reflect….


    1. Hi Eleanor,
      Definitely took the time to reflect. Some days, it’s bette to do that than to take action if you ask me!
      Wishing you all the best.

  9. Marc,
    Thank you for sharing such an honest post. I really resonate with your feelings, and I’m sure many others do too. Life has a way of throwing obstacles and roadblocks our way, but the real victory lies in our determination to keep moving forward, even if it means taking a bit longer to reach our goals. Keep pressing on!

    1. Hi Sherri,
      At this point, there is no turning back or quitting! Definitely will continue to take the time to reflect and re-evaluate as needed; sometimes, that’s not only the only thing you can do — but the best you can do!
      Thank you for your comment.

  10. Mi Marc,
    I appreciate your openness in your post! We all face set backs and it’s so easy to keep them to ourselves. I’m no stranger to setbacks and the most important thing to help me keep going was to focus on my WHY. Life has it’s moment and has at times can be a crap fest, but remembering WHY we are doing what we’re doing is so empowering. So awesome you have a plan to move forward! We can’t change what happens but we can change how we proceed for continued success.
    Forward and onward!

    1. Hi Denny,
      figuring out that WHY is – as far as I’m concerned, 80% of the battle won! Taking the time to process what’s happening and how we can best manage it all is a big plus! Wishing you all the best!

  11. Hi Marc!
    I hope things are looking up for you! Your post was so relatable to unexpected issues that I had to attend to this past week as well. Hearing you say, “This too shall pass” was like we were in conversation together. So many times this saying has rung in my ears from generations past to now saying it to my daughters.❤️
    Staying positive is key…and a little laughter doesn’t hurt along the way either.
    I grew up with another phrase, “Things could always be worse.”
    Stay positive and learn the lessons that are being presented!
    All the best!
    Milissa Neirotti

    1. Hi Milissa,
      This week was another week filled with so many bumps in the road that I’d rather laugh about it and just move on. As you mentioned, staying positive is my biggest salvation and remembering that, (like my mom used to say:) “You can have everything in life — just not all at the same time!”.
      Wishing and sending you a great pile of Canadian positivity!

  12. Marc, Is it just me, or have I heard this story before?! LOL
    It would appear you and I had very similar experiences these last couple weeks. I’m glad to see you found solace in getting back in your groove and doing what needs to be done.

    1. Hi Lauren,
      Happy to read that I wasn’t alone LOL! It isn’t easy always keeping yourself above water but after a while, you get the hang of it and – let’s be honest, the bad will end at one point.
      Wishing you all the best!

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