Pressure is good, stress is bad
When you have a bad week
It was a horrible week last week. There, I have said it. It was supposed to be one of the best of the year for us, planned that way and all set up to ensure it delivered. It didn’t deliver though, Monday brought an IT issue which meant both the launch of the new training site and behind the scenes delivery systems needs professional help to work fully and this won’t happen until over next weekend. That means the launch planned is now next week. Wednesday brought some more IT issues, our video plans stalled. It got me thinking about putting pressure on yourself and when pressure became stress.
Adjust your attitude
So, I sit here on Thursday morning and think about my attitude. My first reaction was to stop everything, recover and allow March – all of it, to see all being resolved. An April launch would mean more time, better feelings, less IT hassles wouldn’t it? Well, actually no – life is not like that and the only thing mission critical to the launch of the new training site is to launch it. The only thing that is going to make it feel better is us getting the site on the web for all to see and to start collecting the emails and letting everyone know we exist. The only thing is to set aside all the things I cannot control and work on the one thing I can – that means action even when today I would willingly give in and take the day off. We cannot let our inner wuss win on days like this.
Plan, measure do
So, it got me thinking. If I have been in business for over 30 years and still get days like this, how does someone just beginning feel? I have learned that taking business action opens up some doors. You may not always know where they lead to but action brings results. That meant I set myself a couple of tasks today and time to do them, what they would look like when done and the time I was going to allow them. It’s now 10.15 and with the first two done and looking exactly as they were in my head. I feel better, and my energy levels have increased.
So, by placing a little pressure and setting myself some tasks I could work on also sparked some ideas on things which are part of my bigger plans. The action taken in writing a little blog sparked me to jot down some notes on how our minds work when things go wrong and our natural reaction is to stall to bring about control. I have a little planner which reminds me that there are some jobs I can get on with to bring back order into the chaos. If you would like some help with bringing order into your life email us or phone using the details below.