The Hack Frustration IQ Matrix explores four progressive steps you can take to successfully work through moments of frustration and achieve your desired outcome. These steps include recognizing your frustration, gaining clarity about the situation, assessing how you will handle things, and reframing your perspective to gain the leverage you need to handle things successfully. Each of these steps is accompanied by a series of questions that will help you to objectively work through your feelings of frustration in optimal and helpful ways.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Hack Frustration mind map:
- RECOGNIZE: First, you must recognize moments of frustration and the triggers that typically lead to these frustrations. The first branch walks you through what to look out for as you feel the frustration coming on.
- CLARIFY: Once you have recognized your frustrations, your next step is to clarify precisely what’s going on and why you’re feeling frustrated. This second branch helps you clarify your desired objective, your perspective of the situation, the obstacles hindering your progress, and reasons why you might be feeling frustrated.
- ASSESS: Now, it comes time to assess what’s working and what’s not working. This third branch walks you through a series of questions that will help you to figure out how to work through your frustrations in optimal ways.
- REFRAME: The final branch of this mind map adds another layer to your thought structure. It does this by providing you with methods for reframing your frustrations in more helpful ways. These reframing methods will challenge you to think differently about your situation, and thereby help you to find the solutions you are after.
This map provides a roadmap and framework for hacking frustration. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these principles into your subconscious mind. Only in this way will you develop optimal habits of mind and patterns of behavior that will transform how you feel in various situations.
A mind map, of course, does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you try to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information. The brain, subsequently, rewires itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s an ideal tool for creating lasting change and transformation.