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Facing the Unknown

Today I was faced with something many people see as frightening, fear-provoking, frustrating, irritating, unpleasant…. the list goes on. But when I changed my approach, this scary giant didn't seem so intimidating anymore.

Today I was faced with the unknown. I had tasks to complete that involved areas I didn't have knowledge in. In my early 20's, I would have become easily frustrated, blamed others for not doing their job and being lazy, or better yet, deny any kind of responsibility for the tasks and put more effort into pawning them off to someone else than it would take to complete the tasks.

However, today is a new day and I've learned a little bit since my early adulthood. Now, in my early 30's (33 today), my approach has evolved. Here's what I did:

  • While looking at each task one at a time, I analyzed each one to figure out what results were expected from them.

  • I slowly went through the list and began working on one by one, addressing the problems at hand and finding solutions.

  • For the tasks I could not move forward with, I saved my work and moved on to the next task. Again, focusing on one task at a time.

By taking my time, focusing on one task at a time, and considering what it would take to tackle the task, I chipped away at each once, resolving 3 out of 7, and I'm just waiting on feedback from colleagues so I can move forward and complete the other 4.

 By applying this approach, I refrain from reacting like a Neanderthal (my wife would argue that statement.. jk hunnie!), and I completed all that I could at this point.

Now, it's time for my lunchtime jog and I'll probably have colleague feedback when I get back to my desk so I can finish the rest.

 Have a great and productive week!  Thanks for reading.

 Stay strong,

 Clinton N. Downs

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