Have you ever had a day when you were surrounded by your coworkers, but you didn’t have time to kick back for a few minutes, to chat?
Do you recall a day when you got to work early, worked through lunch, went from one crisis to another and at 450pm, another issue or two surfaced?
In the middle of these stressful days, did you take time to observe your behavior?
Are you acting like a scatterbrain?
Or do you come off as a cool cucumber, taking it all in, doing the best you can?
Do you prioritize?
Are you focused on what is really important?
Do you realize that some days you just can’t get everything done, and don’t beat yourself up?
And when you finally escape from the work place, do you find time to relax, laugh, have a few drinks, meet friends, and let the conversation revolve around nonsense and craziness?
It’s been said that your true character emerges in times of stress.
After one of these days, ask those around you, what they thought of your behavior.
And when you are alone, after work, take time to reflect on what you recall.
It is, in my opinion, the most self revealing time you may ever have.
For me, today, I just bounced off the wall, taking one issue at a time and never really giving any of them the time and effort they required.
Most likely I will have to revisit most of the issues, focus on solutions, and take the time to partner with others to resolve the issues.
You see, my problem today, was trying to do it alone.
Only team work really works.
No one is an island.
As many years as I have worked and dedicated my career to serving customers, I continue to learn something each day.
I know tomorrow will be a better day.
I hope you will take the time to reflect on your day.
You may be surprised at what you learn about yourself.