WHAT IS IT?

Dissatisfied thinking is a characteristic of many people who feel that whatever they achieve in life isn’t good enough.

Such people cite feeling:

It has very little to do with wanting faster cars, better holidays or bigger houses, although some might try to fill the hole ‘hole’ with material possessions.

DISSATISFIED THINKING

CHARACTERISTICS

Dissatisfied thinkers:

They exhaust themselves because they can’t stop the thoughts which echo: ‘keep going…improve…perfect’

IN THE WORKPLACE

Here is an example of dissatisfied thinking at work:

The thought:  Must say later, come in earlier, do more, be seen

The reason:    So busy, never enough time to complete the work

The motive:    Being present will impress, lead to promotion

The fear:        Will lose a job to younger, brighter, more dynamic person

There is a myth that work is an on-going process and is never completed (like housework). Quantity can affect quality.

The solution to this to remind dissatisfied thinkers repeatedly that quality has been achieved and that the working day is from 9 am to 5 pm and not longer.

REASONS

Dissatisfied thinking is fuelled by:

KNOW YOUR OWN MIND

Is your thinking driven by what others are doing?

Being over-aware of what others are doing puts pressure on dissatisfied thinkers who can never relax in case they are being judged.

KNOW WHERE YOU STAND

Looking for that final bit your jigsaw could turn into a lifelong hunt. Change your mind-set rather than yourself

WANTS NOT NEEDS

Dissatisfied thinker focuses on what they need and not what they want.

Make a checklist of your needs and wants. Are they the same? What drives you? Spend more time thinking about what you really, really want.

HOW TO CONQUER IT

We all experience dissatisfied thinking from time to time. How might it be conquered?

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