How do you respond under pressure? Do you persist or quit? What about if the first action still leaves you with a problem versus resolution?
Recently the air conditioning in my house stopped working. True, it is a dry heat here in Arizona and shoveling is unnecessary. That said, the indoors does have its limit when the outside is 110 degrees for a few days causing the house to reach 94 degrees at one point.
In the midst of dealing with this situation it occurred to me this issue was less about the heat or being without air conditioning and more about a lesson in problem solving and pursuit of resolution applicable to both business and life.
Was it uncomfortable? Of course! Was it challenging? Yes! Was it inconvenient? Definitely!
It was very clear to me the most important choice to make in every moment was how to respond . . . moment by moment . . . after all that’s exactly how business and life are conducted. And what about any gratitude? A common mistake people and businesses make is thinking they need to find something to be grateful for in or about the problem. On the contrary, in fact, at such times it is very important to connect with gratitude pertaining to something else. When you activate gratitude you shift your energy to a higher state and expand your ability to see opportunities that are otherwise non-existent to your mind even though they are present.
What obstacle or difficulty are you facing that has you consumed on the matter at hand that leave you blinded to the possibilities before you?
Successful people and companies have challenges too. One major difference is those that succeed stay in consistent and deliberate action in pursuit of the goal. Others however perpetually talk about the problem or problems or what’s not working. If you immediately think of others who exhibit this behavior let me encourage you to look in the mirror. Often what we are quick to dismiss or defer is the very area we need to grow and where our excuse is hidden.
Four steps to deal with problematic or pressure type circumstances when the heat is on in business or in life . . .
1 – Breathe – always remember to take a breath first!
2 – Assess, decide, and take action as quickly as possible
3 – Monitor progress along the way
a) if moving toward the goal, continue
b) if off course, adjust as needed – word of caution – come from a place of
love or centeredness as fear, haste, or panic will derail you.
4 – Keep focus. Focus is a muscle to build and can be a challenge for many because they’re unable to see the actual muscle. Also, be aware of crippling yourself with instant gratification or self-berating in the name of perfectionism masked as high-performance. Two places of attention are required, i) where you are heading or the solution you want to create and ii) awareness and concentration to the task(s) at hand.
What situation will you apply this process to immediately? When will you start?
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