Chaos Resets the Playing Field


We’ve all been experiencing a world of chaos over the past few months, and in a recent peer group, we discussed how chaos resets the playing field. It reminded me of a tool we use at CIM to work through problems and frustrations, whether at home and/or work. Wouldn’t it be nice to take control and bring back some stability? It’s time for a reset.

When we aim to solve a problem, it’s most effective to first well-define the problem so we can start to outline a path to solving it. We created a tool, Frustration 2 Success, to help identify and work through frustrations you may be experiencing. As you’ll see, it’s pretty straightforward… and that simplicity can help you more easily take charge of resolving problems and minimizing frustrations you experience.

Frustration 2 Success
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Here are a few tips as you sit down with the worksheet:

  • Brainstorm frustrations and write them down. Some may be minor; others may be more significant.
  • As you look at the “realistic strategy” column, keep in mind that you don’t have to solve the issue by yourself. Who else is involved with that frustration? Consider involving that person in solving the problem.
  • If the problem is significant or complicated to resolve, break down the action tactics into manageable steps. Chip away at the problem.
  • Best case scenario, you completely remove the frustration. On the other hand, if you can’t completely “fix” the problem, your action tactics can perhaps minimize the problem.

In a leadership program I’ve been involved with for nearly two decades, one quote I’ve never forgotten is Progress, Not Perfection. Taking action steps to improve our lives makes a huge difference in the long term. I hope this worksheet inspires you to take charge in ways that are helpful and meaningful to you.

Quote of the week:

To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.

T.F. Hodge