In growing up I was fascinated with the game of chess and especially when I got really good at it I learned the lesson of thinking one if not two moves ahead of my opponent. It taught me the lesson in business and in life to
ALWAYS have a Plan B AND a Plan C.
This contingency planning on your part can assist you ahead of times when things, as they almost always, don't go the way you plan. I'm starting to think this is more the rule than the exception with the way life unfolds.
Expand your mind a bit. If you were not to be working in your current field, what else could you do? If you weren't living where you were living, where would you live? What else are you good at? What do you enjoy doing BESIDES what you are doing now? This requires a little out of the box thinking, but you need to have these answers in your hip pocket. It adds security and a safety net to your life. While you are living your "current life" you are heading toward your future life. Life is a roller coaster. Normal consists of ups and downs, births and deaths, the new hire situation and the firing or losing your job situation, the being healthy and being laid up sick in a hospital bed.
Think ahead. Be Smart. Have that plan in your mind for your next move (or two).
It is not what happens TO US that is important, it is what is IN US, all along on the journey, that counts the most when it comes to the changes of life.
The question is, are you a CHESSMASTER? Chessmasters ALWAYS have a Plan B AND a Plan C.