Surprises are inevitable. When unexpected things happen, however, we can feel a range of uncomfortable emotions. Yet, we can always learn from our experiences and learn to manage expectations in preparation for everything that life brings. Here are a few strategies for how we can best prepare for, deal with, and learn from surprises.
1. Think of five of the worst-case scenarios
Think of five of the worst-case scenarios so that you are mentally prepared for what might happen. And think of plans for how you can deal with each scenario.
2. Always have a plan B
Make sure you have a back-up plan (or at least a parachute to escape the situation!).
3. Fake it ’til you make it
Get really good at pretending you are not surprised, so you’ll remain calm no matter what.
4. Expect the unexpected
Learn from your experiences and get used to expecting the unexpected. Life may be unpredictable, but common sense and preparedness will help get you through.
5. Phone a friend
Have a friend you know will always have your back — no matter what happens (they can help you crash land!).
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