As I was growing up, my mother was constantly reminding me of how getting older gives you an increased sense of life’s knowledge. When I would turn to her with a problem she would say, “ Yes, the same thing happened to me a few years back. This is what I did to solve it.”
It could have been a cooking tip–after all, I never could get my chocolate chip cookies to be as soft as hers–or a tip on dealing with a difficult family member. She always knew what to do.
I find myself at the same stage in my life. This week I dealt with a couple of employees’ bad behavior. I took care of a broken switch in one of our rental units and even gave a quick how-to on growing petunias to a friend.
Having dealt with all these scenarios before, gave me a sense of calm and confidence.
I didn’t spend years at an Ivy League school to learn these skills. I simply acquired them through life’s school of long time learning.
Never underestimate how much knowledge you have acquired. When you deal with a difficult situation pause and draw from how you handled something similar in the past. This will give you the inner strength to handle any problem with clarity and poise.
There is a benefit in having a few years of maturity behind you.
Don’t worry you’ve got this.