A POW is something internal or external that feels like a heavy blow. Think cranky coworkers or missed deadlines or worrying. Unfortunately, for many, worrying about things before they even happen can become a Perpetual POW.
A Perpetual POW is a challenge that occurs over and over and over. POWs of all kinds can lead to disengagement at work (and home). Have you noticed how unproductive worrying is and how much it adds stress to your life unnecessarily?
Some people might say that worrying helps them get ready for when bad things happens. They say they are mentally prepared. To that, I say, “No Way!” There’s a big difference between preparation and worry.
Let’s say you have a presentation to give at work. Your boss and important customers will be there. You start to worry. The dreaded “what if’s” keep circling around.
What if I forget something?
What if they don’t like my ideas?
What if I take too long?
You get the idea. I suggest that you shrink the Worry POW through preparation.
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Shrinking your POWs is a great way to be more satisfied, energized & productive at work. I’m not talking total optimism; I’m talking about sensible POW shrinking where you turn worry into thinking ahead and preparation. Because it is always good to have your umbrella on a rainy day!