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In business and in life, I have found that we go through three phases of attitude. The first is excitement. The second is frustration, and the third is recommitment. During and after Hurricane Katrina, all of New Orleans sank deeply into the frustration phase, myself included.
There are six sub-phases of frustration that everyone in my business and personal life were experiencing:
Today’s article will focus on the first three sub-phases, shock, denial and fear.
1. Shock is the first sub-phase of frustration. You are going to be shocked at the realization that it’s possible you’re going to be hit with another hurricane. Intellectually, you know good and well that the possibility exists, but when you see that icon again, you’re still going to be shocked. It’s amazing how many people live with the mentality of “that could never happen to me” even when it HAS happened to them before. It is easier to not focus on the adversity which is why you are shocked when the hurricane hits.
2. Denial comes next. You deny that the weatherman could possibly be correct. What are the chances we’ll have another Betsy or another Katrina? This may sound humorous, but there are people who have lost everything and still believe that New Orleans and the surrounding areas will be spared in a future hurricane. I find that absolutely amazing. Never having another Category Five hurricane hitting New Orleans not only defies my logic, it defies all science.
3. Fear is the third sub-phase of frustration. You say, “My goodness, what if this weatherman is telling the truth? What if we really are going to stay in the funnel and get hit?” Fear is not something anyone likes to feel or even admit to feeling. If you are fearful, sometimes you revert back to “denial” in an effort to hide your fear.
Regardless of the stage of attitude you are at it is imperative to remember these three things:
I love helping people see the good, find motivation and be successful in business and in life! Join me for a phone session and let’s make Marvelous happen in your life!
I wish you peace, love, and gumbo!
Marvin LeBlanc, LUTCF, CNP
615 Central Ave, New Orleans, LA 70121
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