‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.’

Albert Einstein

You say good morning to your colleague Simon and he does not respond. This is the third time this week it has happened. You can either choose to feel annoyed and disrespected, or you can be curious about his behaviour. The choice is yours. You can curse hum and his behaviour, or you can be curious about it.

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It’s like you are in control. You are getting off the emotional roller coaster by choosing how you think about what is going on outside of your head. You can do this by adding a ‘touch of curiosity’ to the situation. Begin by wondering, ‘I wonder what is going on for Simon?’ ‘I wonder how many times he won’t say Good Morning to me?’, ‘I wonder how rude / introverted/ shy/ arrogant / unaware he can be?’

Adding a touch of curiosity takes you into a neutral, non-judgmental state. From there you are more empowered to choose how you respond. You can choose to just observe, without the emotion that goes with it. It’s like you are just noticing what is going on. You can then decide if you want to say anything, do anything, or feel anything – and if it is useful, go for it. But own it.

What’s going on in other Workplaces?

I recently asked 150 people whether they believe people in their workplace can ‘DRIVE them CRAZY’. Ninety – one percent of respondents said they HAD been driven crazy by colleagues. A massive eighty-six percent said yes, they believe other people have the power to ‘make’ them crazy.

Tammy believed her work colleagues could drive her crazy. She spent eighty percent of her day feeling annoyed by them. Tammy learnt about her Four Personal Powers and started adding a ‘Touch of Curiosity’ at work. Once she decided to change her beliefs about ‘people annoying me’. She reduced this figure from eighty percent to twenty percent in three months.

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