Last week, I wrote about the exhaustion and powerlessness many people are feeling. I suggested ways to use Gather and Good-humored G Factor to help.  I hope it helped.  If you missed it, you can find it here.

This week, I’d like to help you with only one G Factor – Grant. What I love about this week’s G Factor is that it is about mistakes. I made a mistake: I shared TOO MUCH information last week. So, here is only one for you to digest this week.

GRANT G Factor. Give myself (and others) permission to make mistakes.

Strategy 1. Reframe realistic.

Evaluate. You’ve heard the phrase “new normal”, right? What we expected from ourselves a month ago is different than what we should be expecting from ourselves today.  The same goes for what we expect from others. Let’s adjust expectations by answering these questions:

  • What has to be done that didn’t before?
  • How many more hours do I have in a day?
  • What have I given up?

Solution. Knowing we ALL still only have 24 hours in a day, review your list of things that have been added in the past two to four weeks. Determine what is realistic, NOT ideal, and then make decisions on what you can let go of. Then let go. (Yes, it will be hard.)

Strategy 2. Attitude of latitude.

Evaluate. Expect less. That’s right, expect that you and others may not be at their best.  Not everyone thrives on chaos. Emotions are high. Anxiety has increased. Stress is elevated. Telemedicine is on the rise. It’s just how our brain works.

Which are you?

descriptions of people who fling flight fight or freeze under stress

Solution. Recognize how you and others are reacting to what is going on and give yourself permission to react. Own it. Learn from it. Grow.

Now, go tend your Grant G Factor!