Two Things You Can Do that Aren’t Stupid

Everyone does stupid things. Thankfully, most of us don’t do stupid things on national television.

Last Sunday, Terry Bradshaw did a stupid thing when he joked about Antonio Brown (AB) on national television. Brown is the wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bradshaw said, “Put him in a straightjacket and take him to some hospital.”

AB did a stupid thing when he walked out on his team in the middle of a game.  Many think his flamboyant departure is the end of a controversial football career.

Image of a dog sleeping on a chair. Fatigue makes you stupid.

Two things you can do that aren’t stupid:

#1. Rest before you’re exhausted.

You drink water before you collapse from thirst. Give your body a rest before you’re exhausted.

Fatigue makes you stupid.

When you’re exhausted, small issues are big and big issues are overwhelming.

  1. Don’t wait till you feel miserable to go home. Go home, once in a while, full of energy.
  2. Take short breaks during the day, a short walk for example.
  3. Do more things that give you energy.
  4. Red Bull isn’t the answer.

#2. Resolve hot emotion before making decisions.

Don’t express yourself when emotion is a bubbling cauldron.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose a response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Victor Frankl

You need a confidant; someone you can say things to that you can’t say anywhere else.  

A confidant is on your side but won’t take your side.

People who take your side when emotion is hot:

  1. Weaken relationships by fueling false courage.
  2. Strengthen stupid decisions. A side-taker says, “You’re right to be upset,” and leaves it at that.
  3. Neglect negative consequences. It’s stupid to say off-handedly, “Consequences be damned,” before reflecting on consequences.

What are some things leaders can do that aren’t stupid?