Tackling A Tough Job?
“Sometimes success is due less to
ability than to zeal.
Embrace the Work
Early this year I posed this question to you: What is it time for? Whatever your answer, I invited you to accept the challenge and embrace the work before you. I’ve been thinking more about that phrase I used — embrace the work — and what it really means. By now it’s likely that the difficult parts of the work you set out to accomplish this year have become known. How do you handle it when you’re tackling a tough job?
One thing that helps me when I’m face to face with a challenge is to say out loud: I am willing to do this because __________.
This puts the hard work in context and resets the focus on why you’re willing and what you’re after. It reminds you that the work is worthy, and you can then move from challenged to motivated.
I Am Willing
What you are willing to do on a day to day basis might sound like this:
I am willing…
to find a way
Challenges Are Good For You
Being willing to take on a challenge will require persistence yet doesn’t have to involve struggling. Very often, it’s simply sitting down to do the work that’s before you. Use the I-am-willing technique and instead of dwelling on how hard it is, notice your ability to choose, to make a decision, and to act.
This Week: Be willing. When you meet an obstacle, say these words out loud: I am willing.
And if you still need some reasons to embrace the work, keep these in mind:
7 Reasons Why Challenges Are Good For You
“Put your heart, mind, intellect
and soul even to your smallest acts.
Here's to you,
P.S. For more on this topic, check out this article with wisdom from Chris Gardner entitled, “When The Tough Get Going” which I wrote about here.