Another e-mail arrives with a bunch of industry news. I’ve got 20 seconds to scan it for anything valuable before it gets trashed. That’s all the amount of time I can allocate.
But wait…there’s something good in this one.
It was a link to a blog by Scott Eblin, who writes about executive leadership.
Here’s what he had to say about workplace annoyances:
Crummy Boss? Sneaky Peers? Let It Go.
Understandable but not very productive. What’s happening in these situations is illustrated by a little formula developed by leadership coach Tim Gallwey. It goes like this:
Your performance is equivalent to your potential minus the interference. A lot of people mistake the interference for an external factor like the bad boss or the sneaky peer. That’s not the interference; that’s the trigger for the interference. The interference is the story that builds and builds in your head that gets you so wound up, stressed out or ticked off that you can’t think clearly. The next thing you know, all of that internal interference has overwhelmed any potential you have to perform at your best.
So, what can you do about this?
It reminds me of a story I read years ago in a book by Wayne Dyer. Here’s the essence of it. Imagine you’re on a motorboat moving across a lake. Ask yourself three questions. First, what’s propelling the boat forward? The answer is the energy being created by the motor in the present moment. The second question is what do you see standing on the back of the boat? The answer is the wake that was created by energy that’s already been spent. The last question answers itself – can the wake move the boat forward?
Where are you spending your energy? On where you’ve been or where you’re going?