CHARLOTTE – Last week was not a productive one for me.
It was filled with a couple of cancellations, delays, and honestly, additional frustrations throughout. It was a slow and down, type of week.
In the past, this would’ve spiraled me down in a bad way. As an entrepreneur, “slow and down” are not words I like to experience. But about midway through the week, a number of things occurred to me. Why not enjoy this time, catch my breath, look at things through a different lens, and ultimately, see what I can learn?
It didn’t mean I’d stop working but during this time, I would step back and observe. Observe my reaction to the frustration. Did I mope or did I take action? Observe my mood. Did I become easily upset or did I pause and think before I reacted? Happily, my responses were more of the latter but the one underlying though that I had this week was, “What can I learn?”
The answer, “A lot.”
My learning thought changed to how can I be better, what can I accomplish during this down period that I typically wouldn’t have the time to do, and how…again, with this extra time…more positively impact people.
And wouldn’t you know it, I actually wound up enjoying this period. To be clear, I don’t want it to happen again for a long time but my point is that not every negative is what it appears and not every downtime is bad.