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Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong, and at the worst time possible

Posted by Herman Najoli on August 13, 2007

This past weekend I had an encounter with Murphy’s Law again. Murphy’s Law states that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong, and at the worst time possible. My experience with Murphy has prompted me to develop a strategy for keeping him from messing me up ever again. Here’s my three-pronged strategy for dealing with Murphy whenever he shows up. I call it the ABC’s of dealing with Murphy:

1. Anticipate what might go wrong

Whenever Murphy strikes we rarely are ready to deal with the situation. We may have prepared for our tasks but we are hardly ever ready for the detours. Our game plan should be to anticipate what might go wrong so that when it does go wrong, we can deal effectively with it.

2. Bring yourself to a state of calmness

Murphy has a tendency of leaving us in a panic because of the element of surprise. We need to consciously make the choice of staying calm. Getting frustrated or angry about the situation never helps. Being in a state of calmness allows us to think clearly and resolve the situation.  

3. Create systems that allow for success

Success in any endeavor is all about having the right systems. Take a look at the systems around you. Do they allow you to respond rapidly and effectively to situations? Everything around you should be geared towards bringing you success in your endeavors. Learn to create systems that empower you in life.


One Response to “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong, and at the worst time possible”

  1. calmerthanyouare said

    Embrace the unknown and enjoy the unexpected. 😉

    Murphy is our friend. Without his law I think maybe we wouldn’t learn as quickly as we do.

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