27th October 2021


I was going to reflect on frustration and thought that before I put pen to paper I would check how the experts define it.

Wikipedia says “In psychology, frustration is a common emotional response to opposition, related to anger, annoyance and disappointment. Frustration arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfilment of an individual’s will or goal and is likely to increase when a will or goal is denied or blocked”.  It is the start of an interesting article; you might want to read.

I wasn’t aware of frustration’s connection with anger. I was going to reflect on what a desperate and unedifying feeling frustration is. It is bad enough in the short term, but ongoing, chronic frustration feels like a life sentence, because it is.

The irony is that the more ambitious, driven and thrusting you are not only are you more likely to experience frustration but the worse it is likely to feel. If you are the owner or leader of a growing business prepare yourself. Frustration is almost inevitable.

Marshall Goldsmith states that ‘what got you here won’t get you there’. What this really means, in a practical sense, is that precisely the same behaviours that helped us grow to a certain level are likely to be the behaviours that stop us growing beyond that level.

My personal experience as a business owner and a successful business coach for 16years only confirms this observation. It strikes me that the only way to minimise frustration and feeling stuck is to have and continually practice a strategy which will guarantee constant and ongoing growth of not only what you know but what you do.

What is your robust strategy?  Remember the words of Jack Welch ‘If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.’

I am on a mission to help business leaders get better financial results with less stress and more time to enjoy it and I promise by committing to working with me, you will feel better, more hopeful, more optimistic, more confident and less stressed. You will grow. Your business will grow in sales, profits and value.

You will have a happier, more committed and engaged team and your quality of life will improve.  www.kinnery.co.uk