The title of this blog says it all!! It is what each of us feels at some point in time during the course of our busy days! However, why do we get to this point? Here are a few thoughts I have…
- We think we are on an island in a fast moving stream. If we dare to upset the the current, we may lose everything that this island provides for us.
- We believe that no one else wants to hear about what is frustrating us. That is the furthest from the truth, unless you are an infinite complainer that does not have the capacity to see the positive in any situation and as a result those around you tune you out. Take time to see the upside in every situation, no matter how challenging it may be.
- Mediocrity breeds complacency. If you buy in to the thought “it has always been done that way”, you are stifling creativity. Again, don’t upset the apple cart, it is how we are fed.
I am certain that they are other reasons that we get to the point of AAAARRGGGHHHH!!! It is important that we understand the triggers in ourselves and work to diffuse the situation prior to frustration setting in. This is easier said than done, but I will tell you, if you provide yourself an outlet (non-habit forming hopefully), you will find that you are in more control of situations than you think you are. You will find that you will be easier to step back from situations and see them at the 10,000 foot level rather than mired in the weeds, your frustration level will decrease. This will result in better decisions being made and hopefully a reduction in stress.
I had a post a that discussed how your mountains are others molehills, and vice versa. If you learn to control what you can control, and engage only when there is a need to engage a situation, you will find your productivity and sanity levels will improve.
It is easy to focus on negativity and continually complain about situations. However, to be a true professional, leader, and in many cases a friend, it is important to be able to see the positive in every situation.
Turn that frown, upside down and have a great rest of the week!