Imagine this: The plan you put together so very carefully is not working. The timeline is getting derailed, and the resources you were expecting did not show up. You had certain expectations, and these were not being met.
Frustrating, isn’t it?
Frustration happens. Frustration cannot be avoided, and it certainly is not enjoyable. However, if you manage it well, then you will be able to work through the issues positively. You will also be able to see clearly where your plan is failing, and make the necessary adjustments.
Don’t let frustration stop you in your tracks. Try these techniques to handle the frustration in your life:
1. Focus on how far you’ve progressed towards your goal. Celebrate your achievements, and reflect on the areas for improvements. Combat frustration with positive thoughts.
2. Provide buffer time. Things will always take longer than planned. Do you need to complete your project by yearend? Start earlier and ask yourself: “What’s the worst that could happen?”
3. Remain rooted in the present moment. Today is as good as it can get. If you keep thinking about what else you need to do, or what you should have done, then you would definitely become frustrated. Stick to what you have and what you can do now.
4. Know why you get frustrated. Who or what triggers it? Make a list of those triggers and avoid or anticipate. When you are able to anticipate the triggers, then you can steel yourself and say, “I will handle this positively today.”
5. Have reasonable expectations of others. No one else is you but you. Don’t go about your project thinking that people should do things the way you would 100%. Stick to the deliverable, and make room for some difference in the strategy.
Remember those times in the past when you felt so frustrated that the world seemed to crumbling all around you? How do you feel about that incident now? It is likely that, at some point in the future, you will feel the same about the frustrations you are feeling now. Why wait? Choose to feel better today.