4 Ways To Handle Dissatisfying Situations

Sometimes you wish someone would just tell you the answer.

Should I stay or quit?

Do I preserver or is this idea toast?

Mental frameworks help you systematically make decisions that align with your values.

If you find yourself in a dissatisfying situation, there are four ways to approach them.

  1. Exit – Removing yourself from the situation altogether.
  2. Voice – Actively trying to improve the situation.
  3. Persistence – Gritting your teeth and bearing it.
  4. Neglect – Staying in current situation but reducing effort.

Which option you choose stems from the level of control and commitment you feel, or are willing to invest.

Do you believe you can effect change, and do you care enough to try?

If you believe you’re stuck with the status quo, you’ll choose neglect.

If you do feel you can make a difference but aren’t committed you’ll leave.

Only when you believe your actions matter and care will you consider speaking up.

These initial feelings are most strongly influenced from your boss. They have a huge impact on if you’re going to feel you can affect change and if you feel like you’re able to try.

This topic is discussed further in the book “Originals” by Adam Grant.

Consider which option you’d approach a dissatisfying situation with.

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