Do you ever feel frustrated?
One of the definitions for frustration is: a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.
I won’t suggest that the depression angle is something to be thankful for, so lets throw that part of the definition out of the mix.
Instead lets focus on the dissatisfaction part of the definition. Dissatisfaction can only occur when you want something to be better. Since you are the kind of person who is trying to improve yourself or trying to accomplish things in your life (or you wouldn’t invest your time in reading my blog) having periods where you aren’t satisfied should be normal. Which means at times you will be frustrated.
Being frustrated is a sign that you care. That something matters. This is much better than apathy. I experience frustration in all areas of my life that matter to me. Because I am constantly striving to reach a better place, regardless of how good my current station is!
Don’t misread me. I am thankful for all of my blessings. I just don’t believe in settling for less than the best things could be. Yes, there are times when I am comfortable, but what I have learned is that too much time in comfort leads to complacency, and complacency leads to decline.
So frustration is a healthy signal for me. It means I need to work harder at what I am doing. It means I have to be open to new ideas. I means I need to pay attention more.
Acknowledge that frustration is a catalyst, and let it spur you to new heights.