“Geez, Mr. White … you have a great way of being dissatisfied. It’s almost like you enjoy the feeling.” One of my students at Northeastern University made this remark last week.
I responded by explaining that it’s necessary to feel dissatisfied with one’s life if one is to have a breakthrough and experience something new. It’s the complacent person that considers dissatisfaction a bad feeling, and does nothing more with it than complain.
Whenever you feel dissatisfied with something in your life, consider it a pivotal moment to transform that feeling from desperation to inspiration. If you persist, you will experience an empowering feeling that I call Inspirational Dissatisfaction. You’re using the feeling to leap forward rather than fall backward.
It takes asking, “What can I do to make this better?” to turn dissatisfaction into elevating inspiration. If you ask this question and mean it, you begin to see things differently. It’s not long before, to your surprise and dismay, the right response comes to you; things begin going your way.
The entire secret of on-going success is to cease whining when things seem to be going against you. Winning then becomes your natural point of view.