Here we are again- it's Monday and I am finally back to a normal schedule with baby E. She's so stinkin' cute. Her teeth are coming in and she's starting to take more and more steps on her own. I love that little cutie.
But life isn't always simple with a one-year-old. With the art of temper-tantrums being mastered more every day, I am facing a much different challenge than I was back in September when I started.
I find that I learn a lot about myself at work- and I bet you do too. It's easy to think highly of ourselves when we are at home and doing things that we find easy. But when a baby starts screaming simply because she wants to, or she spits her food out even though you know she's hungry, all of a sudden we find out where we need to improve in our own abilities and attitudes.
What about you? Do you find yourself much more angry than you thought you were capable of when your boss tells you to re-do that presentation you worked so hard on? Do you loose patience with your co-workers and say things you don't mean? Do you find yourself talking badly behind your manager's back when she isn't kind to you?
Whatever it is that we discover about ourselves when we are working, let's not get discouraged. The fact that we recognize our flaws is a step in the right direction. After all, how can we correct a problem we don't realize exists?
But How Do We Fix This?1.) Ask God for help. We cannot change ourselves (deep within our hearts) without God's Spirit working in us and helping us.
2.) Write down mini-goals of how to practice an attitude change.
If you are prone to talk bad about people at work, then make it a goal this week to only say positive things. No exceptions.
Or if you struggle with patience, write a sticky note that says "Just breath" or "Be calm", and post it somewhere that you will see it often. Mini-goals will help us reach big goals.
3.) Give yourself grace. If you mess up, don't stop on your goals. Instead, just keep going with the same goals. Self-loathing and quitting never helps anything.
I have a lot of work to do on my patience with temper-tantrums. Every Monday (every day) is a new chance to improve. What are you going to be working on?