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Reduce stress in your life by getting rid of tolerations.
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Card Corner: It's All About
by Andy Kaufman
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It's nearly midnight and my wife and I are just about to doze off, looking forward to a restful night of sleep.
Until we heard the sound.
It was a variation of what is sometimes called Chinese water torture. The idea is a steady sound—such as the dripping of water—even if it isn’t loud, over time can drive you crazy.
In the quiet of the Kaufman household, this normally subtle sound was keeping us both awake. What was it? Every 30 seconds or so we could hear the sound of water running—almost like a mini-flush from the toilet in our master bathroom.
I could hear my wife sigh. “That thing is driving me crazy!”
It’s important to note that my wife didn’t marry “Joe the Plumber!” I love to learn how to fix things but I definitely didn’t get the “fix it guy” gene. But enough was enough.
I’m glad to report that last weekend I fixed the toilet.
The culprit: a flush valve seal that cost $1.47 USD and about 30 minutes of my time.
Life is Filled With TolerationsWhy did we put up with the annoying sound while wasting at least a gallon of water a day when it could easily be fixed—even by me—for less than the cost of a cup of coffee?
Because we do it all the time. So do you. Life is filled with things that annoy us but, for a multitude of reasons, we put up with them. Often in life it’s not the sharks that cause the most problems—it’s the guppies!
In the coaching field we call such items tolerations. Similar to our plumbing problem, tolerations are those subtle leaks that drain our energy day-after-day.
Typically they aren’t big things. It could be a light bulb that has been out for a while. Or a squeaky door. Or a pile of mail and paper that keeps growing in your kitchen. Or a conflict with a co-worker that hasn’t been resolved.
Though the cost of an individual toleration may not be that large, the accumulated toll ends up impacting our stress level and focus.
Identify and ReduceHere are some recommendations to help with your tolerances:
Get More Done With Less StressThe last couple of days I’ve walked by the master bathroom with a listening ear and a smile on my face. "Ah, silence!"
Funny how the little things in life can bring happiness!
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Reducing tolerances can flush at least some of the stress from your life. Here’s to less stress for you in the coming months!
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President, Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development Inc.
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