- Albert Einstein
Grey, not Black and White
Think back to when you finally broke through and landed that first big job. Whether it was in leadership or not, you soon realized two important things:
- the greater the responsibility you have, the greater the impact you can make
- the greater the responsibility you have, the greater the pressure coming at you from all directions
Finding the balance between the these two things, and not losing your energy and enthusiasm can be a challenge!
The pressure, unclear road ahead, changing dynamics in the workplace, and self-talk inspired depression can often get in the way of why you started down this path in the first place.
Acceptance and Action
There is a fairly straightforward way to deal with these pressures however; one that is often overlooked.
Whether or not something "should be this way" or "should be that way" we must accept the reality that the world is not going to operate exactly the way we think it should.
Feeling frustrated with our colleagues once in a while, wishing we could have avoided a communication failure, or believing we should have removed a poor performer sooner are all normal. Getting ourselves all worked up however, or worse, spending extra time lamenting it all is incredibly counterproductive.
"When we accept the fact that the world of work is never going to be perfect, we free ourselves to remember why we were so excited about work in the first place."
There are still many opportunities to make a difference.
There are endless chances to impact another person's life.
There are no limits to what we can do.
How About You
What is getting in your way as you think about work? Have you allowed yourself to become so frustrated that you spend your days feeling down and depressed? Or, will you decide to accept that we all have our failings, but they should never stand in the way of why we love what we do?
I'd love to hear from you.