Embracing the Suck: How to make the best of bad situations
Embracing the Suck puts you in control of your thoughts, your responses and your life
There are things that happen to you in both your personal and professional life that suck.
If you apply “Life’s Most Powerful Question” — “What’s Important Now?” — to the situation, you will discover you fundamentally have two choices:
1.) Allow the negative aspects of the situation to consume your thinking, ruin your day and make you miserable or,
Your Boss is an Ass
I bet your boss is not on the list. Be the bigger person. Be a role model for your peers and your boss. Be a great employee for your boss. Take a great attitude to work every day and love what you do. Maybe even ask your boss what you can do to make their job easier.
They Cut Your Training Budget
Partner with the fire department and EMS to exchange training and share facilities. Tap into the skills and talents of the people in your agency who can help to build low cost training alternatives.
The Agency Won’t Pay for You to go to Outside Training
At the end of every year you will have more than $900 to invest in training. Find someone to share travel and accommodation costs with when you go to a course or conference. Apply for scholarships.
Your Promotion Came with a Transfer Back to Permanent Night Shift
Bring a great attitude to the shift and find ways to bring out the best in the people you have the honor of leading.
You Got Moved Out of a Specialty Area Where You Loved What You Did
The Firefighters Get to Work Out on Company Time, But You Don’t
It Gets Really Hot Where you Work and it is Uncomfortable to wear Body Armor in that Kind of Heat
At the end of the gunfight would you rather be sweaty and alive, or cool and dead?
You Spent Hours on a Presentation you Delivered at In-service Training and Some People Gave you Bad Evaluations
You’re never going to please everyone in your training, but you need to work to make sure every presentation you deliver is better than the one before.
You Wrote an Article for a Law Enforcement Publication and Some People Made Negative Comments Because They Didn’t Like What You Had to Say
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