by marc

April 13, 2011

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Have you ever been in a situation where you can’t stand it anymore? A situation that wore you down, and kept you from sleeping? A situation were you went in circles, without getting an inch forward and the only thing you did was cursing, blaming others or just doing nothing? I’m sure everybody was in such a situation some time or even now. When you are in such a situation, it helps if you make it clear to yourself that you always have a choice.

It doesn’t matter in what circumstances you are, you always have these three options: Take it, Change it or Leave it.

Take it

Sometimes you just have to accept it. Take it as it is and tick it off. Breathe deep and proceed. There are things in life you can’t change, and so it doesn’t make sense to invest energy in it. Instead, use this energy in other more valuable items.

Change it

So you don’t want to take it? Then change it! Stop moaning and find out how you can change the current situation. If you have an idea, invite your colleagues to a brownbagging session and discuss it with them, or think about a solution focused approach to help you with the current situation. Don’t wait for someone else to make the change, it is up to you.

Leave it

In most of the cases, this is the hardest option. But it may happen that this is the only option that comes into consideration. Does your job suck from Monday to Friday, are you grumpy all the time and your wife wants to leave you? You tried to change the situation but your boss just don’t listen? Then it is time to leave it. Now! There are plenty of other opportunities out there waiting for you, even if you don’t see them yet.

Take it, Change it or Leave it, you always have a choice!

About the author 

marc

Marc Löffler ist selbständiger Agile Coach, Autor und Keynote-Speaker. Er befasst sich leidenschaftlich mit agilen Managementmethoden. Bevor er mit agilen Methoden in Berührung gekommen ist, hat er als zertifizierter Projektmanager bei Firmen wie Volkswagen, Siemens und EADS gearbeitet. Mit Begeisterung hilft er Unternehmen dabei, agile Werte zu verstehen und zu leben. Er liebt es, neue Einsichten zu generieren, und unterstützt Teams dabei, Probleme aus anderen Blickwinkeln zu betrachten. Seit September 2018 ist er zertifizierter Professional Speaker GSA (SHB) mit der besten Keynote seines Jahrgangs. Im Jahr 2014 erschien sein Buch „Retrospektiven in der Praxis“ beim dpunkt.verlag. Im Jahr 2018 folgte das Buch „Improving Agile Retrospectives“ bei Addison Wesley.

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  1. Great one Marc! Thanks.
    I do live by this idea that „you always have a choice“ and from my point of view it is a great mindset to be in. It enables you to go ahead, improve and develop. Self-empowerment at the roots if you like 🙂

  2. I remember when I was frustrated with my job. You simply registered me for evening classes to get my entrance qualification for the university. Without telling me ;). Looking back, I can say that was the best what could have happened to me.

    It was a hard time (and that’s what changes are quite often) but in the end it was all worth it.

    Your Brother!

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