Few things are more frustrating than toiling in obscurity. Even those who are not trying to become famous appreciate recognition for a job well done. Some people have the fortune (I won’t say good or bad) to end up in a job that most people would consider thankless. The trick to coping with this type of employment is to find the thanks that may not be readily forthcoming.
A leap of faith. We’ve all heard the phrase, but what does it really mean to take a leap of faith? What immediately comes to mind for me is the scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Indy reaches the “Leap from the Lion’s Head” in which he has to take a step off a cliff into a seemingly bottomless chasm. Only after taking that first step does he discover, much to his relief, that it was an optical illusion. There was actually a sturdy bridge there which he safely crossed.
Of course before taking his leap of faith, Harrison Ford had the benefit of reading the script. The rest of us unfortunately don’t get that convenient little heads up. Of course if we got to look ahead it wouldn’t really be much of a test, would it?
There comes a time in life when every person reaches a crossroads. Sometimes it’s at work, other times it’s at home. Unfortunately I find myself at such a place in several areas of my life, and there are no good choices.
Throughout my life I’ve always had a plan. I even had a plan “B”, “C”, and “D”. I developed that coping skill back in college. I call it the “What’s the worst that can happen?” technique. When I was really worried about something I would ask myself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” I would then make a list (either mental or written depending how freaked out I was) and come up with a plan for Read more…