You Gotta Get in the Mood

I don't know how many times I've said about projects that the hardest thing to do is just to get started.  Others would say that the hardest thing to do is to finish one up.  I've probably said that too depending on whether the project I'm staring at needs started or finished.  But let's be honest, we all struggle with laziness and that is the real problem.  Often this is not physical laziness but mental laziness.  My grandfather used to say that most men would break their backs before they'd use their brains.  Probably a true proverb. Anyways, I think this post by Seth Godin gets at the point quite well.  Our real problem is not starting, doing, or completing, it is getting the attitude to work, focus hard, and get things done.

"Did you not have enough information or expertise to start a successful business during the last boom? Or the boom before that? Are you so ill-informed that you are unable to make a profitable sales call, unable to answer the phone, unable to persuade someone to join your cause? That's unlikely.

We don't have a knowledge shortage. Far from it.


The question isn't, "how do you do the trick?" The question is, "do you feel like doing the work, taking the risk, making a stand and getting it done?" If you don't know how to do the trick, go look it up. Get a tutor. Figure it out. That's the easy part.

You already know how to deliver excellent service that blows people away. You just don't feel like it. Your organization has the resources to buy that machine or enter that market or change that policy. They're just not in the mood.

If I accomplish anything on a good day, it's helping you change attitudes. I'm working hard at getting you in the mood to do the things you already know how to do. I think that's what your boss/the market wants you to do as well."

See the rest here: In the mood

Amen.  This may be business related stuff but the principle applies to work everywhere from home to the office, from the backyard to the warehouse, and from school to the church.  Get with it! · Copyright © · Caveat Lector