What Do You Do When You Don’t Feel Like Doing It?

What Do You Do When You Don't Feel Like Doing It?How often have you heard someone tell you how much they don’t like a certain aspect of their job or that they just don’t feel like being there? (Displaying their own personal Case of the Monday’s) An even more relevant question: How often is this person YOU?

Don’t we all fight this from time to time? Over the last 20 years, I can think of dozens (if not hundreds) of situations where someone I knew called into work or left early, often putting themselves into attendance trouble, because they stayed up too late or didn’t like the task they knew they would be doing that day. And there were some instances where they were rewarded with the opportunity to do that same task when they returned to work the following day! Oops…

In chapter 5 of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, The Law of Consistency, John quotes E.M. Gray as saying “The successful person has the habit of doing the things that failures don’t like to do. The successful person doesn’t like doing them either, but his dislike is subordinated to the strength of his purpose.”

So what do you do when you don’t feel like doing it? I would guess that we could both make a hefty list of things we each do on a daily basis that we don’t always enjoy. All too often, people get trapped by the myth that you should love what you do; almost like it’s written in the Bill of Rights. Today, I truly enjoy almost everything I do. But I promise you there’s been far more days leading up to now where I did a lot of things I was miserable doing just to earn a pay check. There’s something about eating and sleeping inside that’s driven me to always show up on the days I didn’t feel like it…

But as I mentioned in another message recently, just showing up and doing the things we don’t like doing doesn’t necessarily guarantee you an opportunity to do the things you really want to do later on… Practice doesn’t make perfect; PERFECT practice makes perfect. In this same chapter on The Law of Consistency, John says “If you want to become more disciplined and consistent in your performance, you need to become more disciplined and consistent in your growth.” In addition to doing things I was required to do whether I always enjoyed it or not, the one thing that I can point to as having possibly the most significant impact in my career has been consistency in learning. As much as I enjoy music, I don’t think I could name more than a handful of bands or musicians that have released CDs (or whatever you call them now) since the mid 90’s. Whether I’ve wanted to or not, I’ve listened to some sort of audio lesson while driving almost every time I’ve been in a vehicle alone for nearly 20 years. I truly can’t point to one single lesson that made a significant impact in my life or career, but the compound effect I’ve received by applying The Law of Consistency in that one area has been tremendous!

So what’s one thing you can do, even when you don’t want to, that can have that same long-term impact on your growth, and in turn, on your overall performance?

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