Sometimes You Eat The Bear

Ever have one of those days?

When nothing seems to go your way?

Or something goes wrong in a big way?

There is a old adage that says,

“Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.”

Ever have one of those days… when the bear got you?

Beware the Bear

It is hard to believe, but there are bears on the loose!

Just when things are going smoothly, a big bear comes stomping through messing up all your plans.

(This seems like it would make a good TV commercial…)

These bears are bent on disrupting your day. Ruining your plans. And generally causing mayhem in your life.

Some examples of unexpected bear attacks…

- You Get Ill or Hurt – It can happen at the most inopportune times, preventing you from getting your stuff done.

- The Unexpected Happens – Your car won’t start. Something breaks. You lock yourself out. And other silly unexpected happenings.

- Someone Lets You Down – Someone you were counting on, doesn’t come through or leaves you hanging. (Sometimes it is yourself!)

- You Forget Something Important – It happens to the best of us. We forget an appointment or todo, which ends up causing a crisis.

How do you handle these unexpected problems?

Warding Off the Bear

We cannot control everything around us. That is what makes life exciting.

However, we can choose how we react to things that happen to us, both good and bad.

Be ready when the bear comes trampling through your daily activities…

6 Ways to Deal With Bear Attacks:

  • Be Prepared - When you are ready for a situation, you are also that much more prepared to react when things do not go as expected.
  • Be Flexible – We all like to have a plan. But, don’t be so rigid that you do not allow yourself to adjust course when needed. Flexibility is key to dealing with the unexpected.
  • Be Positive – In a bad situation, a positive attitude can make all the difference. When things look the worst, turn up your attitude. You will be surprised how a little positivity can go a long way to getting things back on track.
  • Get Back Up – When life knocks you down, the secret is that you have to get back up. It is a choice. Some people do not realize this. It is up to you whether you let the bear dictate your circumstances or you stand up and defend yourself.
  • Have a Backup Plan – Even the best laid plans will sometimes go awry. Have a “Plan B” in case your primary plan doesn’t work out.
  • Look for the Opportunity – Every problem usually brings a hidden opportunity.  Even though things may seem bad, look for the opportunity hidden in the mess.

Bear Season

There will always be days when things don’t go quite as planned.

You may not be able to prevent the bear from disrupting your day, but you can control how you react and handle it.

That is what is in your control.

Whatever happens, remember to keep a positive attitude.

As some fellow adventurers once told me,

“Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you, but always dress for the hunt!

What do you do on the days when the bear gets you?

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  • JasonHadley

    Love it….very prepared for this Monday, but wary of bears…

  • MikeGusky

    Some times the Bear is just a cub making a great deal of noise but doesnt pose any real threat. Be sure not to waste time worrying about the cubs running around your organization. Eliminate the noise from your head and keep focused on what you have to accomplish. I cub can’t eat you – just walk away.
    Another great one Craig – Thanks!

    • TMNinja

      @MikeGusky Thanks, Mike.

      I agree that you must be careful not to over-react to small non-threatening urgencies.

      Sometimes it is just a cub. :)

  • samspurlin

    And sometimes you see the bear coming and are somehow convinced it’s going to leave you alone. Bears are cute and cuddly, right?

    I’m glad I read this before I let the oncoming bear of procrastination maul my face today.

    • TMNinja

      @samspurlin Sam, love your comment.

      How often do we see the bear coming and yet we ignore it? :)

  • samspurlin

    And sometimes you see the bear coming and are somehow convinced it’s going to leave you alone. Bears are cute and cuddly, right?

    I’m glad I read this before I let the oncoming bear of procrastination maul my face today.

  • TMNinja

    @samspurlin Sam, love your comment.

    How often do we see the bear coming and yet we ignore it? :)

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