Frustration can cause bizarre behavior and out of proportion reactions.
When we are frustrated we get angry or apathetic. Our responses become magnified or diminished.
The perfect example of how strange we can react when frustrated is reflected in the “mosquito in bed” scenario.
We lie in bed just dozing off. We have a planned a perfect long nights uninterrupted sleep.
Then the thin piercing buzzing begins, seemingly inside one of our ears. A mosquito.
A quick pass of our hand seems to frighten away the mosquito, and we close our eyes again and drift toward dreamland.
Again the mosquito appears. Exactly in front of our ear. This time we move quickly and with more vigor in order to squash the tiny insect before it can fly away.
This happens several more times.
By now we are angry, frustrated and bent on killing that bug.
Each time we slap at the mosquito we are increasing our velocity and the force behind each swing.
By the 6th or 7th swat all we are really accomplishing is increasing our frustration level and repeatedly hitting ourselves about the head harder and harder.
The apathetic approach calls for us to cover our entire head with the covers and pillow.
This successfully prevents the mosquito from entering our ears and has the added benefit of increasing our body temperature and reducing the oxygen level, eliminating every possibility of breathing normally.
After 10 minutes we throw back the covers gasping for breath, sweating at the temples and find our nemesis in our ear again.
We don’t stop, sit up and turn on the light and track down the tiny bug in a well lighted room. No, our frustration has driven us to absurd behavior, boxing our own ears or suffocating ourselves in the attempt to eliminate a tiny problem from our lives.
Now think about your day at work.
Can you identify your “mosquito” that’s preventing you from fulfilling your real mission?
What the best, most efficient way to find and eliminate your “mosquito”?