You know when things aren’t going so well at home or at work. Those times when no matter how hard you try, the odds keep feeling stacked against you to such a point where your motivation is down and your morale has all dried up.
When you talk to your partner and colleagues, they feel the same pain and pressure, but do their best to keep your spirits high as they know that with a bit of positive reinforcement, you’ll be back to your fighting best.
Now imagine you log into social media and see that you’ve been mentioned 10,000 times by people laughing at your expense, saying how awful you are and how they hope you’re sacked at the first opportunity.
They also go into how your workplace is pathetic, despite having your company logo in their profile pictures and professing their love for it. They talk about how amazing it was before you joined the company and that you’re in part responsible for its downfall. The sooner you’re gone, the closer the company will be to going back to how it was.
So now in your situation, you have to try and push all of that away. You’re a professional after all, so you do your best to work harder, learn how to do things better and try and prove the doubters wrong.
You head to an important meeting, only to discover that now you’re surrounded by thousands of those people from social media staring at your every move. It all comes flooding back… all those comments, those harsh words, those doubts about your ability. Every word you utter is met with chants and noises of utter cynicism. You do your best to perform in that important meeting, but you’re so focused on not making a mistake because of the negative noise around you that you can’t focus on what you do best, dominating that meeting.
The meeting ends, you’ve done your best under the circumstances and hope that people recognise this, but then the cycle repeats. The media start talking about your performance in that meeting and how you were “damn average” and seemed “off the boil”. Maybe you should be sacked after all. You don’t seem to be operating at full pelt and doing those things that got you that amazing job in the first place.
You go home, try and focus, start again… but the whole time it’s always there. Even if you only read 1 or 2 things to make you feel this way.
The best version of you sticks and fights through it.
The normal, human version of you makes you want to escape, only for someone else to come in and make that cycle repeat once again for them. This puts the company in a constant state of transition as it cycles through failure after failure.
*Think before you tweet*
Written by Nish of @PodcastingCouch