Rich Minds, Rich Rewards E-Newsletter
June 9, 2004
This week: Are you paying enough attention to the details?
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ARE YOU PAYING ENOUGH ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS?
you ever done anything so dumb you never even bothered to tell anybody
about it? Well, for sake of sharing a life-enriching lesson, I'm going
to share a little adventure I had this week that certainly fits the
bill. On Monday morning, I packed up and headed to the
Baltimore-Washington International airport to fly to Dallas for several
public appearances. I accidentally took the wrong exit heading to the
airport, but having left in plenty of time, I recovered. I thought that
I had overcome the worst of my travel dilemmas, but it was only the
beginning. I arrived at the airport and proceeded to check in at the
Delta Airlines Kiosk.
After inputting my name, a peculiar
headline flashed across the screen of the Kiosk: "We have no record of
your reservation." "Hmm. That's odd," I thought, feeling confident that
there was an error in the Delta system. "I'll put in my flight number."
I pressed the numbers 4-1-9-5 on the touch screen's pretend keyboard.
But my confidence wavered as I read the next headline on the screen:
"There is no flight 4195 that leaves from Baltimore. Please see an
agent." I was sure I had the right flight number and the right airline.
What could possibly be the problem?
I pulled out my itinerary to
confirm the flight number, which I checked three times before leaving
home. That's when I discovered the obvious detail I didn't check. My
heart dropped to the pit of my stomach as four words that I hadn't
noticed before, now seemed to jump off the page; Washington Reagan
National Airport. I was at the wrong airport! The flight was leaving in
less than an hour and there was no way I'd make it. I felt like crying.
I also felt like laughing.
"There's a flight leaving in four
minutes from this airport, but the next one after that doesn't leave
for six hours," the agent said apologetically. "Your best option is to
drive to Reagan National and catch the next flight - you'll have to
connect through Atlanta, though." So, after driving 50 minutes to the
wrong airport, I drove an hour to get to the right airport - the one
that was just 20 minutes from home! Good grief. As I drove, I couldn't
help, but ponder a question: What lesson am I supposed to learn from
this frustrating experience?
Asking, "What's the lesson in
this?" can become a way of life that empowers you to make corrections
and adjustments that enrich your life. Something as simple and
avoidable as showing up at the wrong airport is more than just an
aggravating mistake. It can serve as a wake up call, if you will
listen. It illustrates one of the principles I talk about in my book,
Listen to Your Life. Everything happens for a reason, and if you are
open to learning the lesson in your everyday experiences, you will be
less frustrated by life's aggravations and enlightened to avoid making
the same mistakes repeatedly.
Perhaps what I learned this week will be of benefit to you, too:
PAY CLOSER ATTENTION THE DETAILS (EVEN THE DETAILS YOU THINK YOU HAVE
"DOWN PAT.") When you are used to doing something (in my case,
traveling), it can be easy to take certain details for granted. Even
when you think you know, double check before you proceed with your
plan. Many grand plans have failed because a small, but critical detail
--> DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. Don't get worked
up over the things you have the power to fix. Be grateful for the
lesson and the opportunity to bounce back from your mistakes.
CREATE PLAN B ... FAST! You don't have time to sulk over your problems.
Instead, begin immediately focusing on the solution. What's done is
done, but problems can get worse if you are slow to adjust to change so
that you can reach your goals despite the obstacles you face.
LAUGH AT YOURSELF. You're only human, and human beings make silly
mistakes. When you do, lighten up a little, laugh a bit and go with the
What details do you need to pay closer attention to?
Whether it's paying closer attention to your deadlines or brewing
problems in a relationship; getting better organized; or keeping better
track of your spending, a few extra moments can save you from mistakes
that cost you time, money, energy and aggravation.
Until next time,
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