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Everyone Has a Plan

Everyone Has a Plan

I have heard this said and was reminded of it one-day last week. "Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth." If 2020 has taught us anything it is that this statement has a lot of truth to it. I started the year with a plan to grow my business and continue with my day job as a martial arts instructor at a local charter school. Then came Covid-19 and one of those needed to pivot quickly and the other went away with half of my monthly income. That hurt! I had a plan, I got hit in the mouth and my plan went away. 

Plan B was to continue growing the dojo and receive unemployment benefits until I could find another day job. I have applied for unemployment benefits, been accepted, had the benefits card sent to me two times, and had to apply a third time. Ouch, that hurt! I have believed that I would receive the advance from SBA for the last 4 months. Ouch, another set back. Every plan I have laid, hoped for, or thought would happen has not. I am not being negative here. I know everything will work out in the end. My point is everyone has a plan. We all get hit in life. Do we take responsibility for getting hit or do we blame, make excuses, and run in fear? 

Standing, taking responsibility and persevering are things that I learned from my training in the martial arts. When we spar I always have a plan or something that I am working on. When everything seems to be going well and I am working on my plan, BANG! I get hit and have to make an adjustment and change or adjust what I am doing. Life is often filled with redirections, changes, of course, going around instead of over, and sometimes abandoning the path for a time in order to regroup. We teach students to deal with difficulty, to handle trouble and manage conflict, bullies, and life's struggles.

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