When Your Feelings Don’t Matter

When Your Feelings Don’t Matter

A friend of mine who is the father of a 3 year-old told me that the other night his son asked him to give him a piggyback ride up the stairs for bath time.  It was the last thing he wanted to do – he was tired, it’d been a long day, and he was irritated by his son’s nagging.

And then he paused, and thought… “I’m committed to creating memorable moments for my son.  This has the potential to be one of those moments.”

In that split second, he chose differently.  He chose his commitment over his fatigue and gave his son a piggyback ride up the stairs to bath time.

Not surprisingly, this choice, along with his son’s big grin and giggle, actually gave him more energy.

This applies to you, your work and your workplace.  This is self-awareness and personal responsibility at its finest.  This is choosing your commitment, your mission and your identity over your circumstances.

Feelings are circumstances.  Just like the weather, they’re real.  They provide great information.  And they should be evaluated and considered.  And they don’t get to decide.  You do.  You get to choose who you’re going to be in the world, moment by moment, task by task, conversation by conversation.

So, today, who are you committed to being through your work?  How are you going to show up for your team?

Remember, no matter what, you always have control over your behaviors, words and actions.  Choose that which aligns with your commitment.

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About the Author:

Kris Boesch is the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom-line. The Choose People 360° Culture Audit is based on over 1000 hours of research Boesch conducted with the Industrial Organizational Psychology Department at Colorado State University. She is also the author of Culture Works: How to Create Happiness in the Workplace. Prior to Choose People, Boesch was the CEO of Exodus Moving & Storage. Under her leadership Exodus became the largest mover in Northern Colorado with a turnover rate nearly 40% less than the industry average and a bottom line twice that same average. Kris is also a proud mother, dancing diva and dog lover.
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