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The Careerist: Patience with Your Kids and Coworkers

SoulAlyssa Davis
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

"Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.” – Les Brown

Patience is a Virtue

Would you talk to your coworkers the same way you talk to your kids? Be patient. They're growing. The next time you're feeling your patience wearing thin (with your kids or your coworkers), try this:

  • Center yourself. Take a deep breath. Find five colors of the same shade in the room (the rarer the color, the more effective the exercise). Doing so allows you to calm your mind from the blind rage and bring back attention to the present.

  • Know what you can control. Can you control that your kid woke up late for school? No. Can you plan ahead for next time and check on them earlier? Sure. Can you control that your coworker always asks you to do their job? No. Can you speak with them about boundaries and what they can expect from you? Yes. Knowing what you can and cannot control is key in defining what you should and shouldn't get worked up over.

  • Think about the importance of keeping healthy relationships. What does having a healthy relationship with your kids and coworkers look like? Does yelling at them at the first sign of trouble seem like an effective way to maintain a good, working relationship? If not, consider your actions for next time and try to react in a way that maintains and builds the healthiest relationship possible.