When nothing goes right, go left. –Anonymous
This is such a catchy witticism, but it’s a little hard to pin down what it actually means. Obviously, when things are not going right, then we must be doing something wrong, or maybe we are resisting something.
If we’re doing something wrong, then we have to be flexible enough to make a change, to think out of the box, even if it means doing something that is not accepted by society or by our peers. This often involves mustering up a good bit of courage and manifesting a thick skin, especially if what we’re about to attempt has never been done before. We have to believe in ourselves enough to do something that no once else seems to believe in.
If we are resisting something, then going left has to do with going with the flow. This means accepting what is, rather than forcing things to be the way we think they should be. It means recognizing blessings in disguise. It involves listening to our intuition. Sometimes it means recognizing that we can’t do something by ourselves, and that we need to ask for help, from other people or from Divine Spirit. Or both.
It’s been said that successful people tend to do things differently. What is their secret? According to Heidi Grant Halvorsen, writing for Harvard Business School, and Marc and Angel Hack Life, successful people do the following things. This list looks like a list of things that are “right,” but apparently, not everyone is doing them! If nothing is going right for you, perhaps one of the things on the list below will help you “go left.”
1) get down to specifics and act on S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely),2) seize the moment to take decisive action,
3) know exactly how much they have left to do before accomplishing their goal: this means measuring and tracking progress,
4) are optimistic, but also realistic, and they keep things simple,
5) focus on improving, rather than striving for some ideal of perfection,
6) have grit and determination to complete their goals, and hone their sense of willpower,
7) learn from their mistakes,
8) refrain from tempting fate by making foolish choices,
9) focus on what they will do, rather than what they won’t do,
10) focus on being productive, but not “busy”: they take time to reflect on what they are doing,
11) make logical, informed choices, but include information arrived at intuitively,
12) work outside their comfort zone,
13) maintain balance in their lives, taking time for rest and replenishment when necessary,
14) spend time with people who are supportive and upbeat, and they seek out mentors and people who are influential.