Laugh it off, you big baby!

17 08 2015

“When things are really dismal, you can laugh, or you can cave in completely.” ~Margaret Atwood

It’s hard to fight our instincts.  When we’re babies, we get angry when we get it wrong.  Whether it’s falling on our bottom (which doesn’t hurt so much, as hurt our pride), or not being able to do something, so someone has to help us, the hard-wired response is to cry or throw a tantrum.  We don’t like being wrong, or helpless, and many will respond to this by lashing out in sadness or anger.  Sadly, this response sometimes carries through to adulthood.

When things go wrong in the workplace, you have a few choices:  You can blow up in anger, and take it out on your team.  You can slide into depression, and pull away from your team.  You can pretend it didn’t happen, and be oblivious to your team.  One of the harder things to do is laugh about it!  Just embrace the learning opportunity that the mistake created, and laugh out loud.  Sure, folks might think you’re a little crazy, and maybe they pull back from you, as they try to figure out if you’ve lost it.  Laugh anyway.  You can’t go back and un-do a mistake, but you can control your reaction to it, and when in doubt, laugh it off, then fix it.

Speaking of caves…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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