Have you ever waited too long to do something and the moment passed you by?
I missed the 2009 London performances of Waiting for Godot. You know, the one that starred Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan? I was an easy train ride away and did not go.
This year I missed their performances of No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot in New York City. I was a 4-hour flight away, and I did not go.
In 2009, I was visiting my [now husband] in Leicester, England, and navigating the final two years of undergrad back in the United States. I was very happy to work on coursework and wander around the city hand-in-hand with my lover. I was not checking theater listings or following my thespian idols.
In 2014, I am focusing on my career and family without the exclusion of theater. Unfortunately, my focus on theatre has become too narrow. I live in Jacksonville, Florida, and my stage thoughts tend to stay in the 904 area code. This is great for blogging for the Cultural Council, but it is causing me to miss setting goals to see my idols on Broadway.
I keep thinking if I can just get through one more week, my schedule will open up.
Whine, whine, whine. What am I going to do about it?
Look up from single-focus tasks. Tunnel vision is a hazard for business and pleasure. Read the newspaper and magazines and blogs outside of your industry to discover a new approach to a project.
“Schedule” greater flexibility. Laura Vanderkam suggests reducing the stress of scheduling by rethinking the 24-hour day. Allow time between big deadlines to recharge your energy and renew your passion.
Move on from imperfect experiences. Clients can disappoint you and projects can fail. Assess what went wrong and where communication can be improved, then leave it alone.
How did you get over a missed opportunity?