Put Problems in Perspective: Apply the 1-Month Rule

Be careful where you park!

Be careful where you park!

I came out of a local restaurant in Clontarf to find the driver’s window of my new car smashed and the tyre slashed. It was in the middle of a bright, sunny Spring day. The car had been left on a busy roadway in full view of passing traffic. As crime scenes go, this one was unusual. Clontarf is not exactly downtown Beirut. And, it turned out to be a real nuisance. 2 visits to the police station, enough insurance forms to reforest Achill Island and 3 separate trips to the garage to have the damage repaired (glass, rubber seal, panel). The Police Sergeant asked if I had fallen out with anyone? I informed him it was a long list, possibly an irate blog reader who decided that the ‘sword was mightier than the pen’! The damage cost just over €900 (€600 recovered on insurance), the most expensive coffee I’ve had in ages.

I Month Rule: A couple of days later I was enjoying a ‘woe is me’ moment, telling the story. Then I started to put this in perspective by asking the killer question: “Will this be a problem a month from now?” If the answer to that question is no, the problem you face is not really a problem at all. It’s a minor irritant.

Climbing Mountains: By coincidence, on that exact day Deirdre Giblin sent me the attached U-Tube clip (copy the link into Google). Strictly speaking, the presentation/music is a bit too religious for me. But as a sheer expression of willpower, it’s worth 4.5 minutes of your time to watch this. When people climb mountains this high, Mickey Mouse problems like broken car windows, appear quite small. Try the 1-month rule on your own problems. It will help to sort out the Sharks from the Minnows.


Lesson: Stay clear of all Café’s that don’t have a bouncer and electronic surveillance!

Until next week.


PS Lighter Moment: I have a particular fondness for stupid jokes as you can see from the following gem from Joe Bell…

Q: How do you cook a Monkey?
A: Gor-ill-it! (say it fast)

PPS: 1 more minute to spare?
The kids have their own text language. So, why not the rest of us? Seniors are now using texting codes as follows:
ATD– At the Doctor’s
BFF – Best Friends Funeral
BTW– Bring the Wheelchair
BYOT – Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM– Covered by Medicare
DWI– Driving While Incontinent
FWIW – Forgot Where I Was
GGPBL-Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
HGBM – Had Good Bowel Movement
LMDO– Laughing My Dentures Out
OMSG – Oh My! Sorry, Gas
LOL– Living on Lipitor

How does this thing work?

How does this thing work?

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About Tandem Consulting

Paul Mooney holds a Ph.D. and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Industrial Sociology from Trinity College, along with a National Diploma in Industrial Relations (NCI). He has a post-Graduate Diploma and a Masters in Coaching from UCD. Paul, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, is widely recognised as an expert on organisation and individual change. He began his working life as a butcher in Dublin before moving into production management. He subsequently held a number of human resource positions in Ireland and Asia - with General Electric and Sterling Drug. Between 2007 and 2010, Paul held the position of President, National College of Ireland. Paul is currently Managing Partner of Tandem Consulting, a team of senior OD and change specialists. He has run consulting assignments in 20+ countries and is the author of 12 books. Areas of expertise include: • Organisational Development/Change & conflict resolution • Leadership Development/Executive Coaching • Human Resource Management/employee engagement
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