We work hard in life to protect ourselves from the significant problems that we face. And yet, we are plagued day-to-day with the little anomalies that come along. The small things we don’t think of happening, nonetheless they do. We need to know how to handle the daily grind of oops and oh-no, in safe and sane ways.

No matter how much forethought you put into something, it will happen. Precautions or checklists that you make or take? It will happen. It is the little things that will inevitably get in your way. I’m not saying you should not have precautions in place. I am just advising you to realize they are going to show up.

As with anything, how you handle annoyances speaks volumes about you and, in part, judges your higher being. The best thing when an inconvenience comes is to relax. When you relax, you can more easily concentrate. And when you focus, you can look for small, easy solutions. Was the O-F-F switch in the O-N position? Had the Internet button toggled by mistake? What time was the meeting at, and did it Change?

We are only human. We have great brains equipped with faulty storage systems for memory. We have emotions which can give us powerful feeling and yet clog our analytical thinking skills. We have reasonable responsibilities, which leads to significant accomplishments when they don’t crush us in the meantime. And, we are proud to say we are human.

What I’m trying to tell you is a little bit counterintuitive. What I’m trying to say is, when you are lucky enough to find an anomaly, the most important thing you can do is relax. Use correcting a problem as a micro-goal. And as with all goals, when completed, the endorphins will bring you a rush of pleasure in accomplishment.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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