The 30 Percent Rule

Christine Yount

I loved Christine Yount’s “from the editor” in the latest edition of CM Magazine.

She admits, as we all would (or should!) – those unsettling moments when we feel out of control when everything isn’t going the way we think they should.

No matter how hard to try, there are constant crisis’ and struggles and things going wrong in our life and work… and we just can’t seem to get a handle on things.

It can be really frustrating. We have to look like we have it together for our staff and volunteers, so we let it out finally leak out to our spouses. (My poor wife!) Which Christine says she did on a walk with her husband, who gave her the following advice:

“You need to understand that one-third is going to be icky – and just accept it.”

Too often we focus on what we CAN’T CONTROL, instead of on what we CAN.

We can spend a lot of time complaining to our spouse about what we can’t change – instead of making changes we CAN make, or pursuing excellence in the areas we CAN control.

What can you change?

What do you need to change?

What are you afraid to change?

What are you waiting for?

“So if you, like me, get frustrated when things don’t go the way you want them to, embrace the 30-percent rule and consider what you can and cannot change…” – Christine Yount

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