Think about this:In order to induce terror, you never have to actually commit the act. It is the unresolved possibility of terror that keeps one–or the world–in a state of fear and stress.
So it is with daily stress, on and off the job. Whatever is unresolved becomes a stressor. Carried to the extreme, inaction causes us to, in effect, terrorize ourselves. And others. So:Have you been putting off asking for or giving feedback at work? If you’re a manager, you have thoughts about people’s performance that you are carrying around. And they are building up. Your employees don’t know how they’re doing. And the first thing we
humans do in the absence of truthful information is fantasize about
it–negatively.Do something now. Feel the relief that follows.What is reappearing on your to-do list that’s giving you second thoughts about yourself?Do something now. Feel the relief that follows.Who has been waiting for a decision from you?Do something now. Feel the relief that follows.You and I have more control over our stress than we sometimes care
to acknowledge. Why terrorize yourself when you can get relief by
taking even one definitive action toward a tick mark on your checklist?Each step you takebrings an additional sense of relief. ______________________________________________But there’s more!Online friend Mark Harbeke of Winning Workplaces added this resource from J. Alex Sherrer of Project Management Road Trip®. It’s a terrific paper on Combating Workplace Negativity. Let’s face it: negativity breeds stress and knowing how to counteract negativity offers value to all of us. Thanks, Mark and Alex.
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