Frustration is an emotional reaction to difficulty.
The definition of frustration is anger, annoyance, or being upset. However, I like the definition: the prevention of the progress, success, or fulfillment of something. Frustration turns even the simplest of tasks impossible. It is similar to a low altitude storm fogging up the original goal, even taking its place more often than not.
For example, attempting to tighten a screw. A handle on one of your kitchen drawers is loose. You decide to tighten it and go to get a screw driver. Your screwdriver isn’t where it should be. Thirty minutes pass as you look for the tool, to no avail. You get increasingly annoyed because tightening a screw has turned into an hour long quest. So much so, you give up looking and spend the next two hours frustrated because not only is the handle still loose, but you have now wasted a significant amount of the day accomplishing nothing. Frustration has successfully complicated the simplest of tasks.
Let me tell you a story!
I think back to when I was a kid. One memory sticks out at me more than others. My brother and I had game consoles. We played all kinds of games, from Battle Tanx Global Assault on the Nintendo 64 to Conflict Vietnam on the Xbox. The reason I’m telling you this is because of frustration. Through playing these games with my brother I learned that frustration meant motivation for me. The more difficult the game and the more I lost the more fun I had. I became frustrated, but that fueled determination for me. I refused to give up until I beat these games on the hardest difficulty setting they had. My brother didn’t always like this, however. He would get frustrated after a few times of losing and didn’t want to play as much. This is when I learned I saw opposition differently.
Frustration is a tool for me.
I continue to practice using frustration as a tool. The more frustrated I am, the more I accomplish. I feel more motivated after hitting that proverbial brick wall. This difficulty unlocks something for me, almost like I have to accomplish whatever becomes difficult. Some might say this is just Obsessive Compulsive Disorder kicking in, but I don’t believe so. I like a challenge and I have a method for breaking any difficult task down to overcome it using frustration.
I hope this post helps anyone who reads it learn something about themselves, or just frustration in general. Stick around, I do plan on writing about my method of overcoming frustration and harnessing it as a tool. I look forward to reading your comments and opinions!