Saturday, September 29, 2012

The lesson from losing my blog

Two weeks ago I changed servers for my personal website as a part of a major upgrade of my web presence in readiness for the official launch of my Enhancing Their Gifts System™ on October 1st.

One result was that the many links to this blog no longer worked due to a problem with domain mapping by Google and Blogger.  I also lost all of my emails that were tied to my previous server.

I was one of thousands affected by the domain mapping problem.  Many people vented their anger online. It never ceases to amaze me what some people say online that I am certain they would never say in person! 

I was frustrated too initially, particularly the time it took for Blogger to fix the problem.  This is a common issue.  When everything technological works it is great.  When something goes wrong it seems to take forever to fix and the basics of customer service don't seem to be understood by the giant companies.

An old lesson emerged anew for me through this experience - there are things that we can control and there are things we can't.

For a few days I let myself be controlled by things totally out of my control.  As a result I lost focus and put myself behind my schedule.  Then I came to my senses and just got on with what I could do and stopped worrying about things outside of my control.

You and I are responsible for our intentions, feelings, thoughts and actions.  We are not responsible for other people's intentions, feelings, thoughts and actions.

I hope Blogger has learned from this experience.  I thought about moving platforms yet on balance decided to stay here.  It's good to be back!

Control what you can and let go of what you can't.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian
I work with business owners/leaders of medium sized business and leaders of divisions in multi-national companies to lift employee performance by enhancing their gifts.




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