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In the classic political movie, “The Best Man”, a politician glances at a Presidential candidate and sighs, “He fires off a cannon to kill a bug. And that’s just plain dumb.”

Can you relate?

We’ve been talking about quick ways to address everyday problems in the August series, Easy Fixes. Have you ever had a situation that didn’t sync with your master plan? And then you lost your cool and set off a cannon to kill a bug?

Suzy Toronto, author of The Sacred Sisterhood of Wonderful Wacky Women, described the tension of learning how to handle Plan B.

Life is all about how you handle Plan B.

Plan A is always my first choice.

You know, the one where

Everything works out to be

Happily ever after.

But more often than not,

I find myself dealing with

The upside-down, inside-out version,

Where nothing goes as it should.

It’s at this point that the real

Test of my character comes in.

Do I sink, or do I swim?

Do I wallow in self-pity & play the victim,

Or simply shift gears

And make the best of the situation?

The choice is all mine.

Life is all about how you handle Plan B.

By August, you might be feeling angry or resentful after watching your beautiful 2016 intentions get turned upside-down and inside-out. Are you ready to channel all that frustration into action? Hit the brakes before action turns into acting out. Plan B is your ally.

In fact, let’s change it to Plan Be.

Loving Plan Be doesn’t mean you stop caring about results. And you certainly don’t put your feet up, idly waiting for a miracle. The easy fix is to show some patience.

A time out would have been perfect for the talk radio caller. He was passionate about starting a business, and did just that. His parents were so excited to help that they invested.

Everything sounded great…until he asked the show host for techniques about to have a hard conversation. He forgot to mention that several banks had turned down his business plan. And that his parents didn’t have cash. What they did have was a mortgage-free home.

After convincing them about the rush to launch, his parents borrowed equity. Unfortunately, their only hope to repay the debt was blow-out profits in year 1. You see, they were retired. Now he had to tell them that in addition to the business going belly up, they were probably going to lose their home.

So how do you know when it’s time to take the hint and calibrate? If you’re nervous like the caller, or if you’re taking action to compete with or get back at someone else, you have an invitation to Plan Be.

This week, don’t get anxious and shoot off a cannon to kill a bug. You may be on the sidelines, but that time to take a second look, to adjust to changing circumstances, can be filled with purpose.

And what about all those detours and delays? They can still get you to happily ever after.