Thursday, October 18, 2012

Grab A Straw

It’s time for us to have a little chat. Just you and me. Let me ask you…how are things going? Is work going well? Perhaps you’re in the search process…is it panning out the way you planned? What about the challenges in your current role? Are you feeling the fire inside your gut to hit those big, bad, nasty challenges head on?

I mean it…how are you?

Honesty First
We all face times in our professional lives that can have us feeling a bit (or a lot!) overwhelmed with it all. Our minds drift to new jobs, and new employers, with perfect coworkers and a drama-free environment. Then our Inbox pings us back to reality with a never ending stream of noise, noise, noise.

Let’s be honest, sometimes we just don’t like our work. That’s okay to admit, but it’s not okay to dwell on.

Venting Second
Before we start lamenting our lot in life, we need to do something very important.

Vent.

Let it out. Let go of the frustration. Dump a load of noise pollution and get it out of your system. It won’t fix a damn thing, nor will it magically generate a list of solutions to all of the challenges you’re facing. So what. Go off anyway, and let it fly.

Once you’re done…and I mean completely done…grab a straw and suck it up. Get yourself back together and take action on one issue. Don’t solve anything, don’t race to some imaginary endpoint, and don’t pick up the phone and unload on some unsuspecting Manager who is needy as all hell.

Suck it up in private, and take one step forward.

Then take another. And another. And another.

Now you’re on your way. You’re back in control, and you’re going to figure it out, whether it’s your current employer, your job search, or the annoying folks who don’t seem to go away, despite your best attempts to help them.

How About You
Are you willing to admit that you get super frustrated sometimes? Do you have someone you can vent with so you can have the satisfaction of complaining like a crazy person just to feel a little better? If not, give me a call. I’m an excellent listener.

I’d love to hear from you.

No Excuses.







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