We’re all creatures of habits, and, of late, part of my daily routine has been to delve into Jim Rohn. You may have heard of his famous quote, ‘Learn how to turn frustration into fascination. You will learn more being fascinated by life than you will be being frustrated by it.’

This week, wow, where do we start? I don’t think we could put it into words, but I shall try!

Team discussions, external conversations, business networking and socialising – I have spoken with friends and work colleagues and made new acquaintances from all generations and walks of life…..gen z, gen x and older!

The depth, subject and variety of those interactions have been immense and what is apparent is the difference in how I feel. Should I be frustrated by the topic or fascinated by it?

Frustration or fascination?

Applying Jim Rohn, I have chosen to be fascinated instead of focusing on frustrations and negatives brought on by these conversations. Instead of focusing on my frustrations and, at times, amazement, I have wondered:

  • Why did that happen?
  • Why did they think/say that?
  • What could I do to help?
  • How can I do this differently?
  • Should I do this differently?
  • I wonder what will happen next?

By turning it around, I have:

  • Felt more positive, lighter, brighter, and happier
  • Had more energy and focus
  • Found I wanted to explore things more
  • Seen more opportunities in a situation
  • Created an even more positive work environment, which has produced more creative thinking!

My final thought?

You can’t control what’s happening around you, but you can control how you react to it.

What do you think?