Yesterday I had a cancellation at the last minute. Not what I prefer, but as I say so often…” it is what it is.” So when that happens, I try to see what the positive is in this because I could go to the negative space of “Ugg, now what?”, or “why can’t they let me know earlier so I can accommodate someone else in their place?”

But here’s what I did instead. I looked at all the things I have not been able to get to because my calendar is so full of coaching, training, speaking, etc. I looked at what needs to actually get done for September when I’m traveling almost every week for business/speaking and have lots of moving parts to those trips that need handling. Yesterday, I took that free time to work on all things “September”. And it’s only the beginning of August! And let’s just say at the end of the day, I ROCKED some important tasks that I can knock off my list and feel great about having done this early in the game.

What’s on your list that, if you had a last-minute cancellation right now, you could actually get started on, or maybe even wrap something up that’s an uncompleted task? How can we make lemonade out of lemons every time, so that regardless of how things shake out, we are getting important work done – no matter the deadline? Let’s face it, the work we’re doing today might not be urgent now, but the more we put it off, the closer to urgent it becomes, right?!

So, bring on the cancellations, and know that it’s just the Universe opening your calendar up for you to knock some things off your list that you might not have focused on yet. Get it behind you…nothing feels worse than the hanging on of an uncompleted task!