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Success on the Fly: Winging It

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2013

Chris Waugh

If you believed everything you hear, youíd think winging it was a bad thing, irresponsible. It means that youíre making it up as you go along, it means you havenít prepared for this, it means youíre a slacker.

Letís argue that point. When you set out to do something in the future, you try to plan for all the variables and contingencies that may come your way. You detail out each and every move you intend to make. You leave nothing out.

Really? What happens when something happens that you didnít foresee? When youíre blindsided by what seems obvious now, but didnít earlier? When youíre caught unaware. You have two choices - give up or wing it. So you wing it, but not very well.

I think those unforeseen circumstances crop up more often than we can control. Assuming you donít want to give up, learn how to wing it well:

ē Be clear about why youíre doing what youíre doing. If you have to change direction, at least your primary reason will stay in tact.

ē Donít confine your planning to what you know or assume. Leave lots of room for surprises.

ē Prepare and train for more than you think youíll need to know or do. Itíll come in handy.

ē Keep your eye open for obstacles and opportunities. The sooner you see them, the better.

ē Have the courage to change course as the situation warrants.

Being prepared to wing it means you can circumnavigate obstacles, or take advantage of the opportunities that come your way, even if you didnít see them ahead of time.

Chris Waugh is a business consultant, author and speaker who ďlends wings to your success.Ē Visit ChrisWaugh.com or Facebook.com/chriswaughonthefly for more.

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