Ever Have One of Those Days

Have you ever had one of those days when the start is… let’s call it crappy? It’s how you respond to that crap that will determine more than how the rest of the day goes. Let me share a story with you…

Just yesterday, I was traveling from Indy to West Palm Beach Florida because I was invited to spend an afternoon and dinner with my mentor, John Maxwell. What a huge honor to be invited to have some time with and be interviewed by John Maxwell himself. So, needless to say, I was excited and a little scared at the same time.

I arranged my own flight, and scheduled it to leave Indy at 6:37 am … why? I have no earthly idea… it was darn early. As I parked my car in the Economy Lot, the transport bus was a stop or two away and I found a place close to booth thirteen.

I made it to the booth and on the shuttle… and then it happened… two stops away from booth thirteen, I realized I had left my phone (at the time it was labeled, my damn phone) in the car. I asked the driver to please stop, grabbed my luggage and headed off to find the car. Just so you know, at 5:30 in the morning, it’s still dark and the Economy Parking Lot is a bit confusing… I wondered around for five or ten minutes and finally found the car and grabbed my phone.

As I hurried back to booth thirteen to catch the next shuttle, I realized that it was 5:40 and after a ride past all the remaining eight booths, I might have a challenge. I finally made it to the ticket counter and asked to speak to an agent. Apparently, the airlines have a rule that if your checked bags aren’t checked within 45 minutes of the scheduled flight time… you can’t check your luggage. To complicate things just a little more, my bag was too large for carry on.

Kathleen at the ticket counter was willing to help and I told her that I believed that she was a miracle worker. She doubted that she was the miracle worker that I needed and told me so but I was relentless in my belief in her and her abilities.

Kathleen successfully got me on another flight and when I got to my seat I had more leg room than I have ever experienced on a flight.

Here’s the point. I was temped when I realized that I had left my phone in the car and found out that I couldn’t get on my original scheduled flight to just give up and let the Maxwell Team know that I couldn’t make it. Have you ever wanted to give up? What did you do?

After that initial panic thought I become more determined to make the day work out and to get to West Palm to visit with John Maxwell. I realized that stuff like that happens all the time and it would be how I responded that would make the difference in how the day worked out.

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