No matter how organized we are, unexpected events can happen. We get comfortable in our lives, set in our ways and Wham! A flat tire, a broken pipe, an unexpected bill. It can turn our lives upside down. Now is the time to tighten those boot strings and show how strong we are.
First, have a good cry. Yes, it is okay to cry. Even the strong have to let the frustration flow some times. It will save you later heartache.
Second, look at the real situation. It is not always a helpless situation. Most of the time when you look at the problem from all angles you can figure out a solution. You are a smart leader. Make your detailed list and put it into action.
Third, react. The worse thing you can do is stand back with the solution in your hands and not put it in motion. That is self sabotage. For instance, if you have an unexpected bill, all your extra spending has to stop until that bill is paid. Look at your extra expenses you can cut for the month. Most of your subscriptions can be put on hold to for a month. Netflix, Audible, and iTunes all have options that will not penalize you for pausing your subscription. Most of you have heard me ask this before, how much do you spend on coffee or soda at work? A refillable water bottle will save you money and it will be good for you too. Take the extra money you have collected and pay that bill.
Last, after you have paid the bill and life is back to normal, look at where the money came from. Can you keep it up to create an emergency fund? In today's world of plastic parts and temporary fixes, an emergency fund is a necessity. It will give you and your family the security you need. Next time the unexpected happens, you will be prepared and you will be the hero.
You've got this. Make it happen.