I believe in hard work, and my ability to do it. –Dara Torres, Medalist in 5 Olympic Games
Do you have a love-hate relationship with “hard work”?
In which way is it “hard”: mentally? emotionally? physically? spiritually?
Regardless of the type of hardness, if I resist it, I get worn down mentally and emotionally.
As my husband sometimes says, “The dread is typically worse than the deed.”
For me, I more willingly do “hard work” when one or more of these is possible:
- I recognize that it leads directly toward my goals
- I can choose the method, sequence, location, or timing for the work
- I see a short-term reward or vividly imagine a long-term benefit that will please ME
- The “hard work” will reduce stress immediately afterward, or create a long-term reduction in stress
- I’ve had some fun (play a game for a set amount of time, exercise, watching a video) before I begin, and the ability to do something fun immediately afterward ( I call this the “Fun Sandwich” approach)
- I set a timer (or count aloud) to see exactly how long it really takes. I race the clock or simply celebrate that it “only took x number of minutes” (It’s weird, but it works for me!)
Which of the conditions are important for you?
Which aspects can you incorporate into your business and personal life?
–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™
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