Stop giving up – foremost believe in yourself
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Do you work in a place in which folks are complaining about other departments, leadership, and yes, even their own colleagues? Very little gets done and any progress made comes at the cost of tons of friction and some people seem to make it their objective causing you and or others to fail. What a time and energy suck. Very recently I encountered such a situation visiting such an organization where a leader showered me in a barrage of arguments how not to proceed forward with a project. I then proceeded to ask what I thought was a very simple question: “What can I do to help and how do you suggest we solve this issue in the future?” The person did not know how to answer the question and we were able to constructively work toward a mutually agreeable solution. What defused the situation was me simply not giving in to also starting to offload my gripes and complaints.
Stop giving up giving others power over your destiny. Stop giving up on reaching your God given potential. Stop giving up to the dark force of griping, gossiping, and complaining. All of it leads to fostering a toxic work environment. You, yes, you can make a significant difference sticking out of the crowd by first and foremost to believe in yourself.
There is a prayer of St. Francis of Assisi that captures the value of being a positive influence to others – someone who becomes a servant leader:
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, harmony;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in fiving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”