Does your influence make a difference, or is it all up to fate? Rain dances to traffic jams, partially blocked grocery store isles to customer service music on hold, can you change it?
When you don’t like the weather, what are your options?
Navigating a traffic jam requires a lot of patience, there are only so many places you can go and likely there is no easy way out.
Hating those skinny grocery store isles and displays blocking your path, too bad.
On the telephone, on hold, waiting for customer service to take your call from the queue and yelling, “representative” isn’t going to speed things up or change your fate.
Are you wasting energy on things you won’t likely change?
Use your energy wisely.
Consider what you can change instead of spending your energy on aggravation.
You might be able to influence a mood with a smile. You might be able to change someone’s day with a helping hand, and you might be able to get where you want personally and professionally by using more focused energy.
Can you influence how you’ll do better the next time? What about influencing your own state of mind?
Chances are great that you’ll have a better day when you start recognizing how to best utilize your own energy and how your mindset impacts what happens next.
Reliving a bad experience isn’t going to change it. Learning from it might change future outcomes. It is a form of influencing what happens next.
Some things are within your control, some things aren’t.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.