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A friend of mine has a two-year daughter, Calais.  This week they were at a park that has a play area made out of large concrete blocks for children to climb on, sit on and play on.

Calais was not tall enough to climb up to the next level of the concrete blocks.  First she tried putting one leg up and pushing off with the other leg.  Next she tried grabbing the edge and pulling up with both hands.  She then tried running and jumping up to the next level.  None of her techniques worked.  Finally, she just slumped down on the lowest level. She put her hands on her head and said to her mom “this is so fuster-rating!”

Her mom came over and gave her a boost, one level at a time, until she reached the top-level.  Once Calais reached the top-level, she said to her mom with a big smile on her face, “thank you for copper-rating for me!

I have spelled both “fuster-rating” and “cooper-rating” phonetically as Calais’s mom described her language to me.

So what is your edge of fusterrating?

Is there something or someone in your life that is currently very frustrating for you?

Is that frustration keeping you from getting to the next level, or achieving one of your goals?

Are you frustrated with the situation or with yourself?  Is there something in your own life that is reflecting your frustrations back to you?  Ask yourself, what is the source of your frustrations?   An honest answer may just cause you to grow just enough so you can reach the next level yourself.

If you need help, who can you ask to give you a boost to help you overcome your own frustration?

Who can you cooperate with or work together with to get you both to the next level?

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award-winning and best-selling book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.

Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine

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