Focusing on Action

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Credit: flickr / ~jjjohn~

Yesterday I wrote a post about something that’s really been frustrating me – the fact that WISE may well run out of money in January. I wondered if it was too negative, and I reread it several times and debated about whether to post it… and eventually decided to.

Here’s the thing – I can’t not be frustrated that we’re in that situation. I can’t write about it and not be angry.

The other week, in my post “The Accidental Programmer”,  I linked to this fantastic article – Don’t Let Your Strengths Become Weaknesses.

In this context, here’s my strengths: I’m passionate, involved, and trying to make change.

Weakness is obvious – I get frustrated when we work so hard at something but get let down by people we need onside, and eventually angry after continually coming up against the hard surface that is University Bureaucracy.

So now I have to focus on what we can do. The semester is over, and we’ve got some great stuff planned for January. I have a plan for the whole finances thing, which I think will work, and someone is dealing with the application thing.

I need to accept that my plan may not work, but I’m going to do my best to make it happen.