In life there are many set backs, surprises and upsets. In fact, we will all experience at least one, if not more, crisis. It may be a loss of a job, it may be a significant accident or injury, or it may be something that happens to a close relative. In these situations there are few things that can destroy your mindset and drain your energy more than unnecessary drama.
It’s not to say that these situations don’t deserve an emotional response, but the key is to give just the right emotion. Too often people over react, then create drama. Why do they do this? There are many reasons but most of the time they do it to get more attention, to create significance. The problem is that drama is not real, it’s not authentic, and it’s not solution oriented. Yes it creates attention, but it rarely creates solid high performance solutions.
If there’s one thing I learned in the fire service it’s that drama rarely is productive. When a crisis really occurs it’s best to respond with exactly the right amount of emotion. Not any more or any less. During these crucial times it’s best to focus on the solution rather than the story. Leave the story making for the media, leave the drama for the theater, and spend your mindset energy on the truth and how to solve the problem.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer