In reality, a job is a to-do list and schedule interrupted by problems. A few days go without a hitch. A phone message or email brings an unplanned, unexpected crisis. While working on this problem, another message or a colleague comes with another new dilemma. It goes continuously through the day and into the next.
Things go wrong every day. Doing a great job means you fix them.
Problems vary in size and intensity, but in general, having a difference between what you have and what you want is always a problem. And it needs to be approached analytically, thoroughly, and logically. Don’t let incessant difficulties surprise you. Assume that something goes wrong today.
This is not negative thinking, it is preventative. If you anticipate the possibility, you will not be stunned and surprised. Ask yourself, “What could happen to mess this up?” If you don’t consistently ask this question, you’re not doing all of the work.
Expect the likelihood that the worst will always happen at the worst. If you expect things to get messy, thinking and acting ahead can prevent them from getting any messier.