Small ills are the fountains of most of our groans. Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones. -Chinese Proverb
This week I am on a kick to eliminate some tolerations. I’ve accomplished three so far – and these are little things that really have been irritating me on a regular basis. I have accomplished four if I count getting the car washed, which was very overdue.
With the holiday weekend here in the U.S., I’m continuing on to eliminate more of what bothers me. This activity of removing tolerations from my work life reminds me fondly of Thomas Leonard, often referred to as the “father” of the personal and business coaching industry. Thomas died too soon, several years ago. I was honored to have not just known him, but to have worked for him as well. I became a coach because of him.
Thomas was the most amazing person I’ve ever known. He wrote a fantastic book called The Portable Coach, and numerous resources can be found within the CoachVille community that he founded, as well as through a search of the web. If you get a chance to buy Portable Coach, do so – it is a book you can refer to for many years – I have.
I was thrilled to find a couple of resources to pass along – only Thomas would compile 1000 Tolerations, organized into 24 categories and name it the Toleration Bank. Yes, go here to remind yourself of what it is you are really going crazy with. He had a program in ’99 where particpants chose 100 tolerations that were in their lives which they wanted to rid themselves of.
The Top Ten Strategies to Eliminate Tolerations Forever is optimistic, and another fun reference tool to review when you are at the “end of your rope”. Can you relate?
What does this have to do with selling? Removing tolerations makes way for selling. The side benefit is that it also makes way for everything else.