Just sitting and brooding won’t remove frustrations, take some actions.
Remove your frustrations and your world will light up
Many of the frustrations we have are like medical conditions, we know what they are but we cannot quite put our finger on them.
Take the following list of common business frustrations, check the ones that you think apply to you and then you are in a position to discuss them with others and implement actions. This will gradually remove the frustration, or at least minimise them.
- I would like to remove the stress from our business and improve my health.
- I just cannot get the negative thoughts out of my mind, twenty-four hours a day.
- I feel that in order to earn more income I have to work longer hours.
- I would like to have a decent holiday, I haven’t had one for years.
- I would like to have more control of my life and my business.
- I would like a more positive future, everything looks depressing.
- I am frustrated because there seems to be no solution in sight.
- I feel alone in our business? I feel I have been deserted?
- I like access to people who are willing to support me, but I can’t find any.
- I have difficulty in coping with the rate of change; it’s just one change after another.
- I would like my family to know what I look like these days.
“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact”. William James
People who are depressed tend to use more generalised goals than others. They tend to have goals such as “I want a successful business”, or “I want to be happy”. The problem with general goals is that they are difficult to achieve.
Having the right sleeping patterns can also help to reduce your frustrations. While most business people think they can work 70 hour weeks 24/7, they have yet to learn it will take a heavy toll on their health, as it did with me. Try cutting back to a 50 hour week and experience the difference it makes to the way you feel, your outlook and your productivity.
New research has found that spending eight hours in bed at night helps antidepressants to work more effectively. Of those who spent eight hours in bed, 63% saw improvements in their symptoms while taking antidepressants. After only six hours sleep, though, only one-third saw improvements.
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My biggest frustration has to do with my temperament and the fact that I am an entrepreneur.
I love solving problems, joining up the dots, visualisation of opportunities and helping people to set a new direction. I also love doing research and discovering new ways to do things.
But, what I don’t like doing is the follow-up administrative tasks. I like opening doors but I haven’t the time or patience to always close them. Repetitive work frustrates the hell out of me.
Back in the early 1980’s I remember seeing one of the first IBM PCs to arrive in Australia. I was gobsmacked and said to the group with me, “This will revolutionise small business”. They thought I had gone nuts. I love working with the concepts evolving with technology, but I need to avoid learning the detail, which frustrates me no end.
Some people like working with new concepts, some don’t. Some people like administration and knowing the detail, some don’t. This is important to come to grips with if you want frustration levels to remain low.
In any business, it is very important to understand the temperament (personality) of all the people involved so you don’t end up trying to put square pegs in round holes and creating an environment full of frustrations.