I was working at a trade show for three days last week and I was amazed at the high whinging level. So many exhibitors would drone on:
“Why aren’t there people here yet?”
“Why are there so many people here?”
“How come I haven’t made more sales?”
“The food here is pretty bad”
“We need more signage”
While some of them were valid questions, it was also an absolute waste of time. For every subject they had a whinge about, there was something they could do about it but didn’t. For some reason it was not their responsibility but someone else’s.
I have what I call my two “Killer Questions” for every situation and they are:
1) What is my part in this?
2) What can I do differently?
Regardless of who is to blame, when I take responsibility for a situation, I am then empowered to take action. Taking action lifts my spirits, makes me more attractive to clients and moves me forward to where I want to be.
So how much do you whinge?