I accidentally spilled my lemon water this morning. I paused for a second because what just happened was not so me.
I wiped the dripping water and realized that it’s no different from drying my hair after a shower. I didn’t consider it as an inconvenience. Told myself, I don’t possess an unspillable glass so these things really happen and I can’t let it ruin my day before it even started.
This mindset is something I also trained myself with as a peak performance coach. There are many athletes who are already on the verge of giving up before they even achieve their goals. Remember that these little obstacles and minor inconveniences are part of the journey. It wouldn’t be called training when it’s not going to be a battle out there. These small challenges serve as preparations for bigger things to come.
Just like a spilled drink early in the morning, it’s crucial to not let these hiccups ruin the great things that you’re yet to accomplish. In other words, look at your dreams and life as a day of knocked over cups, stained clothes, or burnt sunny side up. Check how you respond. Remember that our reactions to the tiny details in our lives can also help us assess how we deal with bigger and more complex things ahead.