Today’s prompt is borrowed from Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project.
Identify the problem. That is, when you’re annoyed, angered, or frustrated, ask yourself, “What exactly is the problem here?”
Today, take a few minutes to ponder that one little, nagging issue that, if solved or eliminated, would make your life better. Perhaps, getting up five minutes earlier would make your life easier. Maybe smiling at that one coworker that drives you crazy would ease the tension. What small change in your life would or could make a big difference?
the little hater
There’s a great video by the inimitable Jay Smooth about the little hater. The little hater is basically that inner gremlin that tells you that you’re no good — it sucks you dry of your confidence and you feel unproductive and unworthy as a result. I found myself frustrated with colleagues and peers that couldn’t stop themselves from listening to the little hater. I identified that this was a huge issue with me because I couldn’t do it myself. That blasted little hater will creep up just when I feel I’ve got a project nailed, got a personal problem all figured out, or when I want to reward myself with something great and special for a job well done…
“Well, Melissa… you’re not [a,b,c] enough for [x,y,z] *evil laugh* You SUCK! *evil giggle*” …
How will I resound? I’m going to tell that little hater to f*ck off more often.