If you suspect somebody is not doing good enough work for you (e.g., a lawyer, a contractor, anybody you are paying), what do you do?
I confess, I find that a challenging question.
Here’s how I tend to react to that kind of situation:
- I feel some anger. This makes sense, since anger is the human reaction to not getting needs met (especially expressed wishes).
- Because I don’t feel that comfortable with anger, I feel confusion.
- I ask myself many questions, such as: Am I really understanding what is going on here? Was I actually clear about my needs and wishes? Did I contribute to the current situation?
- I fantasize about firing the person and working with somebody else.
- I fantasize about yelling at the person, in some way.
- I tell myself that #4 and #5, while attractive, are not appropriate at this point.
- I work towards getting clarification and/or resolution.
- If I don’t succeed, repeat 4 – 7.
- I work on crafting an I-Statement which includes (a) my wishes and (b) some consequence to my wishes not being met.
- I send that message.
That’s where I am, this morning.
I’m realizing, right now, that the above is not a bad process, even though I’m not thrilled with it. Here’s how I would like to improve that process, moving forward:.
- Let go of fears that come up during the process.
- Move off of Step 8 more quickly.
- Move off of Step 9 more quickly.
- Actually, move off of every friggin’ step more quickly.
Hmmmm. If I let go of fears that come up during the process, the rest may take care of itself.
The written part of this post feels finished to me. How about an image?
Here’s a sample of how Google Images responds to “let go of fears”:
Thanks to Gandhi, polar bears, penguins, courageous creatures everywhere (including bloggers, lawyers, and contractors), and you — of course! — for reading today.