My boss is great. I’m not just saying that because my review is coming up in a few weeks either. “Really Good Guy” in the dictionary is illustrated with his picture, he’s that kind of guy.
For about a month I’ve been really annoyed with my boss, our CFO . Not for any reason I could even call him names, quit my job or even throw a good tantrum. He’s ticked me off for being right in such a way my whole complaining mantra has been shot full of holes (he’s a hunter, I think he’ll like that metaphor). I got nothing to bitch about.
Last month while giving his presention at our operations meeting, he defined stress vs. pressure. Stress, he said, was the result of the unknown. You stress because of what you don’t know will happen as the result of an action or inaction. Pressure, on the other hand, is what you feel when your to-do list is longer than time available to completed. You know what needs to be accomplished but feel pressure as the result of time restrictions, available budget or personal capability.
No longer can I run around like a chicken with my head cut off (no metaphor to his life here – not that I’m aware of – just saying this is how I act on occassion, sometimes more often than I should) saying “I’m so stressed out”. What a buzz kill. There is no fun in saying “I’m under a lot of pressure”.
I’ve been CFO’d. You know, like you can be pranked, only not as hilarious or fun. Ashton Kutcher is definitely not involved. Being CFO’d is more like a reality check that leaves you saying “duh”.
Ok CFO-man (like superman but not as fancy, definitely no cape and more allergies than kryptonite), I listened. Let’s see how this applies to my life:
Moving in 21 days while increasingly busy at work while the kids are rehearsing and performing in a musical while our daughter is having her wisdom teeth pulled while in all the kids are in their final weeks of school while the house needs to be packed and cleaned creates a serious amount of mounting pressure.
“Pressure pressure I got pressure. Oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah” ~ Kinks lyrics
The pressure I can deal with and I have no stress because I know my review is going to be awesome.