Recently I have been working with a group of people in a health industry that can be quite the pressure cooker. What this dynamic group of people are challenged with the most is not losing their cool when the schedule feels out of control.
One of the team members said,
“It feels like I’m in a cyclone!”
Her team mates nodded their heads in agreement.
This was the place where the most energy was present in the one hour meeting I was invited to facilitate. I suddenly, in my mind’s eye, saw Dorothy’s house from the Wizard of Oz, swirling above her head. She was in some serious pain and felt out of control.
Ever had that experience?
We all know it is not easy to deal with in the moment and, believe it or not, just being able to express how it feels is a great starting point for getting a handle on it in the future. Yep. That’s right.
The awareness of the discomfort is your starting point for turning it around or hedging it altogether. So I recommend you
consider this awareness a gift and say,
What? You ask?
Awareness always puts us in the present moment. Empowerment is yours IN the present moment. So when you are having the realization that you might be feeling grouchy, irritated, or annoyed, remember it’s in your power to make another choice. In my experience, taking a deep cleansing breath or two is a wonderful first step and bridge to empowerment. Then remember this acronym for YAHOO as you say that word to yourself: