NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION
Have you ever had to do something you didn’t want to do at work or at home and found yourself grumbling and pouting through the entire thing? It seemed as if the work would never get done. The truth is, sometimes we all have to do things we don’t want to do…all of us. But instead of complaining and being miserable make sure, no matter what you’re doing, to have fun.
The fact is that if something has to get done, it has to get done. And if we have to do it we have two choices:
- we can be the martyr (they’re always fun to be around) and huff and puff through the whole thing asking: Why me?”
- or we can decide to make everything a fun task and make a game out it.
Take pride in everything that you do. People will notice your dedication to excellence, your contagious enthusiasm and your positive attitude. And even if they don’t, you will feel better about yourself and your work.
Real leaders forever need bigger and more irresistible challenges.
What tasks do you absolutely loathe doing? Is it paperwork? Mowing the lawn? We all have jobs we don’t enjoy. And if you cannot hire someone to do it, then you’ll have to step up to the plate and get the job done. Why not put a smile on your face while you’re doing it?
For homework I want you to think of 5-10 jobs you don’t enjoy doing. That should be pretty easy. At the top of each page write one job per page in your journal or notebook. Under each job number 1-10. Now, I want you to think about these tasks in a different way. Let’s say you don’t want to mow the lawn; beside numbers 1-10, list the positive results that occur once the lawn is mowed. For example:
- The yard looks beautiful.
- The dog enjoys rolling in the freshly cut grass.
- My family and I can play Frisbee or toss a football.
- The smells are wonderful.
- My friends comment on how great the yard looks, etc.
Looking at the positive results that come out of doing a task will help you become more motivated to get the job done.
Using the above exercise, write down the tasks that you do not like to do in your business. (I’ll bet you can think of at least one). Then, as in the above exercise, list at least 5 positive results that will occur when you do a task you do not like to do.
Let’s say one of the tasks is picking up the phone to call people to set an appointment. Chances are, if you don’t like doing that task, you probably put off doing it, or simply don’t do it. Write down at least 5 positive results that can happen to your business if you make 5 prospecting phone calls a day.
Is there another task you do not like to do in your business? If so, keep going through the exercise.
Everyone who works does things they do not like to do. That being the case, would you rather spend the next 10, 20, 30, or 40 years doing things you do not like doing?
OR, would you rather jump in to your business and set new goals, stay committed and focused, put in the required effort, do the right things (even though you don’t like doing some of those things) for a period of the next 2 to 5 years and build an income that will pay you each year for the rest of your life? Liking it is not a requirement. We all do things we don’t like to do in whatever line of work we are involved in. We do those things because we have to in order to get paid. The question is – How long do you want to do it? A few short years that will fly by fast, or 2 to 4 decades?</sp