Monday, November 22, 2010


Frustration is one of those emotions that none of us seem to have a good handle on. The dictionary defines it as, “a deep, chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs.”

Sometimes it suuuuuure gets inviting to simply give up and quit. When you get that feeling, try these simple steps:

1. Ask Yourself, “What Is Working in This Situation?” When you discover something that is going right the action puts you back into a positive frame of mind.

2. Focus On What You Want to Happen. Sometimes we get so tied up in the frustration we forget what was supposed to happen. Ask two simple questions:
- What do you want to happen differently this time?
- What do you need to do in order to get there?

3. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify. Usually, any big problem can be boiled down to a few basic issues. Clear the clutter and focus on them.

4. Come Up With Multiple Solutions. There’s usually more than one way to handle a situation. Knowing that you have options calms you down. However, new research shows that too many choices also slows you down. Pick the one you think is best and….

5. Take Action. Nothing happens until you do something, even if it’s wrong. If it’s right, that’s great. If it’s wrong you correct it and move on.

6. Visualize a Positive Outcome to the Situation. Focusing on what you don’t want to happen keeps you in a negative loop.

7. Stay Positive. Like the old song says, “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”

A state of frustration is not a fun place to be and it leads to another “tion” that makes things worse; procrastination.

Get off the pot. Do something. Correct as you go. Get moving.

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