We didn't stop to question the validity of the information...
We didn't stop to process whether freaking out would truly help the situation...
We just freaked out.
Today, that high school girl rears her ugly head now and again, when I hear something that makes my stomach turn and gets me diving deep down a rabbit hole of doom. When I feel my pulse begin to race, I try to ask myself the all important question, "Do I have enough information to freak out?"
Chances are I don't. So I take a deep breath. I let it out. I begin to ask questions to get the information I need, after all I am in the business of asking questions. Examples: Who did you hear this from? What exactly did they say? How do they feel about it? When did they say this would happen?
Then I ask myself another critical question, "Will freaking out help?"
The answer is always, no.
Those two key questions,
"Do I have enough information to freak out?" and "Will freaking out help?", both learned from Brene Brown, tame the high school girl inside of me, and help me refocus on what is helpful.
So the next time you hear a rumour about organizational restructuring, your supervisor retiring, a change in your daycare providers hours, or a rumour about a friend, I challenge you to ask yourself those two key questions.
I would love to hear how they impact your next steps!