Combat Minor Aggravations

Minor aggravations can be a major pain and a major waste of your precious resourses.

Don’t let minor aggravations ruin your day.

Minor aggravations are things that will not be important next year, next month, probably not even next week. Maybe not even in the next hour!

Think traffics, store lines, rude people you never have to see again.

To go past the annoyance…

Acknowledge your feelings – say that’s interesting, get curious,  wonder why that is bothering you so much?

Keep your perspective.  Ask yourself is this worth ruining my day (or this hour) for? Usually not.

Develop strategies to combat minor inconveniences – counting to ten, cueing up a favourite song, repeating a mantra

Visualize the problem shrinking. Literally, it’s getting smaller and smaller. Or picture erasing it with a huge eraser.

Accept that you may not be able to change the annoyance but you can change the way your relate to it and that is very empowering!

Combatting minor aggravations  that’s  just one more way to live Your Life, Unlimited!


This week on Your Life, Unlimited radio on CJOB Jean Moroney founder of Thinking Directions and Sally MacDonald shared there insights with us.

Enjoy the whole show here…


Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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