Cringe in Disappointment or See the Opportunity?

I feel called to write this post to make you feel better….even though I’m personally cringing in disappointment!! (or did for a brief moment)

Today, I spent ALL afternoon recording *hours* of video for the Authentic Leader Academy. The topics were very challenging to train on so it required a LOT of brain power and intricate setup.

At the end of a long day (feeling totally wiped, but super proud), I played the last video back…. only to find my Spotify radio had been on in the background through the WHOLE video. I didn’t hear it playing because when I record my speakers are on mute. So while I didn’t hear the music, it was picked up on ALL the videos…. completely ruining them. I frantically checked all the videos and yup, they were all ruined….

Enter a major mindset opportunity (note, I said “opportunity”).

I could get really pissed really fast. I had pushed back other work to get these videos done. I spent all afternoon on it so that’s not a quick video that’s easy to redo. On top of needing to redo 5 hours of video, I’m also behind on other work now. So the question is how am I going to get it all done and stay on schedule? Plus, since I’m wiped I could let my emotions get the better of me and it could ruin my evening.

But, that’s not what I’m going to do. Instead, I wrote this post to show you that sh*t happens at every stage of business. No one is immune. We waste time, we fight technology, we make mistakes, we ____. This should calm you down the next time something like this happens to you. It’s part of the process and it equals out the days where you’re flying through work and everything is easy.

I’m going to stop work for the day to give my mind and body a break. I’m going to spoil myself somehow tonight (in a small way – some reward for rocking today even if the result wasn’t ideal). Then, I’m going to try again and I WILL finish these videos this week. Most likely Friday. Friday’s are always my “make up” or “make advances” days.

My stress levels and mood are stable and I won’t let it bring me down for a single minute. It’s not worth wasting precious time in life on the things which you can’t control.

I hope that plants a seed for what to do the next time you experience something like this. 🙂

Your turn! Think of a time you experienced something sucky like this. Send me a comment below and let me know how YOU handled it! 🙂

4 thoughts on “Cringe in Disappointment or See the Opportunity?

  1. Wanda

    Yep, I’ve done some interesting things, or “not done” them. Recently, I “thought” I had transferred some money from my savings to checking account to cover an upcoming bill. I wrote it in my checkbook. Then. 2 days later I see I have an overdraft on my checking account. I called my bank to ask why the transfer had gone through only to discover that I had NEVER made the transfer.
    Trying to do too much at once. So, now I just have to remind myself that it’s not the end of the world, and be more careful next time.

    1. Amber Ludwig-Vilhauer

      Oh yikes Wanda! I’m sure we’ve all been there. I love your insight about doing too much at once. I regularly need to remind myself to slow down and be mindful of my activity since I have a tendency to try to be superwoman lol. Thank you so much for sharing! I value you!

  2. Connie K

    Thank you for being “real” Amber. As for a time when things went “sucky” for me, it wasn’t that long ago. I had been working long hours all week so I could free up time to volunteer for one of my Exchange Group activities on Friday evening and Saturday. That Friday, late morning, I noticed some programs on my laptop weren’t working properly. It was also happening on my desktop computer at work as well. Long story short…called tech support. Ended up having to stay at the office and being on the phone with the tech folks in India for hours. (NOT FUN!) Had to cancel my volunteering gig. I ended up leaving my office that night about 9pm, hundreds of dollars less in my bank account for all the “fixing” from the so-called Trojan that invaded my network, and feeling VERY frustrated (I do NOT like anything techy, so this was not a happy time for me.) As a breakthrough expert, though, thankfully, my own mind had been trained through the years and I was able to get past this quickly. As I was locking up the office and walking to my car, I had the weirdest, most peaceful sensation….almost as though I was covered in a blanket of calm. Without knowing why, I immediately thanked God for the “learning” I had received that day, and as soon as I got into my vehicle, I was peaceful and “let it go.” To go from “overwhelmed, frustrated and irritated” to peaceful and calm in that short of time was quite strange. However, although I do not know the reason, I also gave gratitude for being alive. You see, it WAS a Friday night. The event that I was to volunteer at was located on a very bad stretch of a 2-lane highway where lots of accidents occur. My “gut” told me that perhaps I wasn’t supposed to be on that road that night, and the only way the “I made a commitment to volunteer, and, by golly, I WILL show up no matter what” part of me HAD to stay at the office to get my work computers working. I truly feel that this was God’s way of keeping me safe that night. Of course, I will never know. But I choose to think this incident was a positive for me rather than a negative. That’s the power of positive thinking!

    So, Amber, we don’t always know the reason for what happens, even the irritating, tear-producing things, but I have to believe you are supposed to re-record those videos for a reason. Trust that. And, again, thanks for sharing your story.

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