When I do something badly, I get upset.
When people around me make decisions I disagree with that impact me, I get upset.
When I set a goal and then am moved in a different direction, I get upset.
Someone asked me why I let these things upset me.
The answer is change. Because when I’m upset, I think harder, faster, and more creatively to make the situation change. When I’m upset is when I say, “That’s it, I’m not letting [mistake] happen again and here’s how,” or “I know [this] is the right answer and I just have to make sure I’m heard,” or “Ok, [goal] just got harder but so help me I’ll get there anyway.”
Because if I don’t get a little pissed off sometimes, a one-time goof becomes a habit, what was once a mishap becomes normal, and the standards bar slides down unchecked.
A life of anger is not the answer, but neither is one of complacency.