Ever have one of those days where you feel like you’re operating on about six out of eight cylinders, just slightly behind the power curve and half a step slow? Even taking a short break to sit back and calm my thoughts didn’t help a couple of weeks ago. And when I thought it couldn’t get any worse – well, let’s just say it did. Instead of being in my office completing the tasks I had scheduled for the day I found myself at the dentist waiting to have a crown re-glued into place. Obviously not how I planned to spend my time that day.
Instead of letting things like this completely defeat us we could take a moment to assess and reschedule some things. I found that when you tell folks you need to reschedule a phone call because you’ve had a dental emergency their empathy really shows and cooperation is fully demonstrated. (I was also thankful that I hadn’t swallowed the bloody stupid crown.) Some days it’s not about scaling the mountain. Sometimes it’s just about putting one foot in front of the other to slowly make positive progress. I don’t know about others but when I finally stopped for the night I looked back on the molehill I scaled that day and took pride in that small but significant accomplishment.
Tackling your problems within your organization will give you days like I had a while back. Isn’t it comforting to know that your problem solver can fully appreciate the kind of day you had?