Forget yesterday’s problems

April 18, 2011 · 3 comments

Recipe for a happy print shop – part 7 of 8

Do you ever find yourself in an argument and don’t think of “what you should have said” until about two hours later, when nobody’s there to listen?

When things go wrong, many of us have a tendency to keep replaying and reliving the things that went wrong over and over in our minds. Do you ever do this at work? We want to be right, so we ask ourselves, “What could I have done differently?” Or we’ll think, “What they did wasn’t right. It’s not fair.” Or we might ask, “How could they do that to me after all I’ve done for them?” The truth is, allowing these kind of thoughts to enter your mind is meaningless because it’s too late — the event or action has already happened!

Sometimes, it’s not easy to move on, but it’s almost always the smartest thing to do.

Why should you let yesterday’s problems suck the energy out of you today? When leaders lose their energy, they soon lose their passion.

When you own a business, you have to have a lot of passion to do what you’re doing. If you didn’t, any rationally thinking person would quit and give up.

Owning a business is really hard. You have to sustain your energy and passion for the work you do over a long period of time. You should make choices that will allow you to conserve your energy and sustain passion.

When you allow yesterday’s problems to keep hanging around, you are putting your business at risk. A ‘problem’ at work will often cost your company a lot of money, but when you keep reliving the same problem over and over, it keeps costing you money over and over again, too.

Forgetting yesterday’s problems is smart financially… and one of the best ways to be happy and enjoy your work today.

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Debra August 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

These words and thoughts, not only apply to business owner but to their managers, supervisors and leaders.

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clyde huchet April 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Another great 5-star blog post!

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Michael Farag April 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Thank you Mike. That is encouraging.

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