I finished a budget project for my division recently that took me several weeks to complete. It was a great feeling to finally have this project completed! I reviewed it with finance and my bosses – everything looked good and was approved and accepted. I moved on to the next project.
I then got a call this week from the director in finance asking me a question about the budget regarding something new that was added. He needed clarification. His question was very good and I was not aware of the implication this new item brought to the budget that he was pointing out to me. As I was listening to him though I started to get upset inside. Not at him but at the implications of what he was saying. If what he was saying was true it would cause me to have to rework the entire budget project – and I had just recently completed it after it took me so long!
After I calmed down, thought about what he was saying, I realized there was no getting around what he had brought to my attention and I was going to have to rework the project I had completed to accommodate this new discovery.
Or was it?
You see, as a Real Christian Businessman, when faced with these types of situations, we can do one of two things. We can be upset, pitch a fit, fight it, complain to everyone about having to re-work everything over again, and delay doing what we have to do to make it right.
We can accept it, realize it, make the correction and move on.
Our reaction is what makes us who we are.
“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” Prov 29:11 (NIV)
Having just gone through this last week, I want to encourage you to learn from my situation and be prepared mentally for this to happen to you. It can be frustrating I know, but people are watching your reactions at work! No matter what type of job site you work at, some time or another you are going to have to go back and rework a project you have already completed. So be prepared for it, and remember that people are watching your reaction.
Will you be able to roll with it?