‘Frustration’ what a powerful word that is. Think about it for a moment or two. I am quite sure you have experienced it too. I certainly hope so. (Yes, I said, hope so)
Here is one part of an online dictionary explanation of the word:
A feeling of dissatisfaction often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems
Powerful right? I quite often use the word in my sales copy for companies when I am expressing the pain their prospects are suffering without their products.
Knowing the immense power of words I try to avoid using it in my language as often as I can. You just need to reread the above to see what that can do to your mindset and feelings.
But being frustrated can be positive also. The most popular reason being it can mean you are about to have a breakthrough. Or, it can simply mean that your approach to whatever is causing the frustration just needs changing. Change your approach and the frustration ends.
So I like to ensure I feel frustrated from time to time. I’ve now learned to laugh at it though when the feeling does descend upon me.
You see the other positive side of frustration is it can also mean you are learning something new. And that is why I personally welcome it with open arms-from time to time. In fact, if I haven’t got frustrated for a while, I look at that as a sign it could be high time I was learning something that challenged me.
Then I know with a surety I am growing in some way.
Just today I laughed out loud while sat at Starbucks with a hot chocolate and one of those sugary donuts they serve. I was temporarily frustrated.
I have recorded my first video blog you see and wanted to upload it here. So I am learning how to reduce the size of video files, upload them to youtube the fastest way possible and even edit and add music. Not being that techie, it is quite challenging for me.
So I hope the next time you feel frustration pouring into your mind you can use the above three examples and see and feel the more optimistic viewpoint of the word and maybe learn to laugh at it when it arrives.
And make sure that once in a while, you do get frustrated. And know that you too are possibly growing.