How would your stress, energy level and happiness be affected, if you stopped tolerating?
To tolerate means allowing things that you don’t like to continue. It includes those things that irritate you, drain your energy, and weigh you down. They produce negative emotions, and they may show up in both your business and personal lives.
Based upon my work with CEO’s and other C-Suite Executives, here are some common examples of things they often tolerate:
There are three ways to stop tolerating:
If they don’t change, then create, communicate, and enforce your personal boundaries. Boundaries are the limits that you set with other people. They indicate what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable for you, and how you will respond if they are violated.
Now, it’s your turn. Use the worksheet below to list all the things you’re tolerating in your business and personal lives. Rank them according to which ones you are ready to stop. Be specific. Beside each one, write down the action you want to take (click here to download a pdf version of this worksheet:
Kathy Caprino, a success coach, “brave-up expert”, and writer for Forbes, Huffington Post, LinkedIn and other platforms, summarized what I think is the root cause of toleration:
“It turns out there is one core factor undermining our happiness and success. My research revealed this: Thousands upon thousands of people are simply not brave enough yet to honor their true selves.”
Maybe bravery is not only looking death in the eye, but finding enough courage to stop tolerating. When you do, you will free up your time and energy to focus on what you really need and want.Maybe bravery is not only looking death in the eye, but finding enough courage to stop tolerating. Click To Tweet