If you have everything planned out, how do new opportunities find you?
I believe we can apply this question to our personal life, to our business, to our association, and even to our family.
I love a good plan, don’t get me wrong. I thrive on spreadsheets, bulleted lists, and yes, we even have a few clipboards lying around the house. But many times, the most exciting opportunities, the most rewarding experiences, the most valuable entrepreneurial moves have come from a period of time that was exactly unplanned and completely chaotic.
It makes sense if you think about it. If you plan out your entire next month: who you will meet, who you will talk to, what you will do, where you will be, how you will spend your free time, what you will read, what you will explore and discover… then you probably won’t discover anything or anybody new.
Chaos creates good things. Chaos creates surprises. You can’t plan a surprise.
Many of us get stressed out when we are in a period that isn’t planned. We lose focus, we forget how to prioritize, we think that we are losing our grip. But I’m sure if you look back on your life at the best things that have happened to you, I suspect you will find that the vast majority were unplanned.
It also helps if you understand and embrace your own Peace in the Chaos.