Picture this. You’re taking the train to work today. But the trip takes 1.5 hours, so you have to leave the house at 5.30am to make it to work on time.
On your drive to the train station, it feels like everyone and their grandma is out for a Sunday drive. By the time you get to the train station, you’ve got 2 minutes to cross the bridge and board.
Phew. You made it.
But an hour into it and the train is stopped at a platform in the middle of nowhere.
The driver announces over the speaker that there is a track fault and they’re waiting to hear when we can move again.
10 minutes later he updates you over the speaker saying the whole city network is down. No trains are running. And you’ll be here for at least another hour.
You text your manager saying you might be a little late today.
Half an hour passes by and the train manager says they’re going to evacuate the train, but there are no replacement buses available as they’re all in service.
You find yourself in the wops. Halfway between home and work.
Everyone else you know is either already at work, too far away, or unavailable to help.
What do you do?
Well, if you’re anything like the girl who sat beside me – you let the situation overwhelm you.
You blame public transport. You argue with the train manager. You start cursing to those around you.
And when you finally get off the train, you start break down into tears and call everyone you know.
I felt for her. Because that would have been me a few years ago. I used to feel totally powerless in these types situations.
So how did I deal with it & hold on to my power?
I changed my perception – because it’s the only thing you’re ever in full control of.
When we were first told we’d be stuck here awhile, I thought, “Great! I can chat with my friends on Messenger and read my book”.
When we were told the whole network is down and no buses were available, I thought, “Ok no problem, I’ll book an Uber”.
When I realised I was going to have to stay late at work, I thought, “Nice, I get to spend more time with my friends tonight”.
When I got to work and found the lift was out of service and had to climb 6 steep flights of stairs, I thought, “I can deal with this”.
And whenever something else cropped up in my day, my thoughts defaulted to, “I can deal with this”.
Your perception of a situation is what makes the difference. And you’re always in control of it. But only if you believe you are.