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  • Jonno White

When THIS Happens Watch Out...

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

I could feel the blood rushing to my head and adrenaline coursing through my body in the meeting...

I was in a middle management leadership role in a not-for-profit.


I was passionate about our mission and I was surrounded by amazing leaders.


One day I was in a meeting that was about some of the most important things we did.


Unfortunately, I walked into the meeting straight out of a series of other events that had me on edge.


One of the other leaders in the meeting innocently looked to me as we discussed our action plan and asked, "Jonno, can you look after this part?"


I snapped back, "No, I can't."


It was way more forceful than I'd intended.


Silence


...


I felt so bad that I asked to step out of the meeting.


What had happened?


I didn't realise at the time, but now I know I was triggered in that moment.


It was part of my journey to learning about overwhelm and anxiety and it's been a life-changer for me to have breakthroughs in this area!


So, how do YOU know when you're triggered? And how can you avoid those moments like I had in the meeting where you lose control and act in an unprofessional and unhelpful way?


1. It's physical.