The Road Less Tedious
After the last issue, Tackling A Tough Job?, several of you emailed me to say that the “I am willing” approach is helping you see your challenges in a better light. One of my friends, Wendy Battles, also known as The Clean Eating Coach, blogged about it here. Today, I offer you a few more thoughts on approaching “big jobs” including a reminder to use music as part of your motivational routine.
It Feels Like Moving a Mountain
Last week, two clients who are taking a coaching program together described how the changes they want to implement felt to them. One said, “It feels like moving a mountain.” In response to a question about what stops her from progressing, the other said, “It will take too long.”
Understandable, right? How many of us have had the same kind of feeling when approaching something that feels out of reach: acquiring a new credential, starting a fitness program, making a career change. Of course the irony is that the time passes anyway, whether you work on your goal or not, so… you may as well be working toward it. After all, you’re going to be putting your energy into something. Why not put it into something meaningful?
In fact, that’s where our coaching conversation went. “It will take too long” became: It might take long, but it will be worth it. -- Maybe there is no such thing as too long. -- Maybe it will even be shorter than I think. “It feels like moving a mountain” became: It’s probably not as mountainous as I fear. -- It’s possible I could enjoy the climb.
How Can You Enjoy the Climb?
There will always be goals that appear mountainous and steps that feel tedious. So how do you enjoy the climb? In answer to that question, here’s what comes to my mind:
See the work as worthy and let that inspire
Let Us Go Singing
What is the music that makes your road less tedious? Here are three from my playlist that keep me moving up the mountain:
One of my niece, Olivia’s favorites:
This is a classic that I actually “performed”
(off-key and spontaneously) at a recent gathering with friends:
And this one… well what can I say, it’s still
one of my favorite movies. Here is Margery McKay, dubbing for
Peggy Wood, who played the wise Mother Abbess:
“Let us go singing as far as we
go: the road will be less tedious.”
Here's to you,