I’ve been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember - gathering tennis balls off roofs, wheeler and dealer of antique keys and knocking on doors to cut peoples lawns, before asking if I could use their lawnmower.
Putting it off, putting it off, putting it off. Why is it we put off so many jobs until a deadline nears and then, miraculously, we get it done? It’s easy to do the easy thing first - so we do. But it’s the tasks that feel tricky, ambiguous or too big that often give us the greatest gain.
Why does it seem that we need to move mountains just to get things achieved when we are un-motivated? Some days I struggle with staying motivated and others I am right onto it.
Self-employment is a very attractive idea. In his poem ‘Invictus,’ English poet William Ernest Henley writes: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul,” lines that have since been quoted by Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.
Business is relational - it can’t operate in isolation. It is symbiotic, contractural and ongoing. It has both bonuses and penalties, benefits and consequences. But at its core, it is intensely human.
Recently a client, who is a very fit athlete and who recently ran an ultra-challenge which was nearly 60 kms and uphill, told me she would rather do that than speak in front of a group of people!
Nigel Young - 4WALLSI’ve always liked the model of the 3-legged stool when trying to establish a foundation for any enterprise. So when it comes to business, my 3 legs are:
I have always struggled with self confidence, yet I seem to be able to cold call, make appointments to meet with high profile strangers, put my hat in to the ring on occasion, and I’m about to have an exhibition of my photographs.
We end up having this argument with ourselves – on the one hand we have the willpower to get these things done, but our imagination completely takes over and not only leads the way but wins!
When we think of positive thinking, what do we think about? Stopping negative thinking; starting positive thinking! Black vs White! Supposedly easy, but easier said than done!
Our fears cause us to avoid things in our business or working lives stopping us achieving. We all have fears, whether it’s fear of success or failure; fear of change or public speaking; fear of changing jobs or starting up a new business.
Are you like a bird in the wind flying on the thermals with a clear direction of where you’re going before you take off, or are you making it up as you go along, deciding on a course of action as you go!
Articles tell us that successful people plan their days; don’t let interruptions hinder their day; that they deal with priorities first - so what does that make us? Not successful OR human!
Remember the song ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin? One line in the lyrics say, ‘in every life we have some trouble’, and I believe this is true for all of us, don’t you?
One of the most common questions in a job interview is ‘What motivates you?’ Whilst some of us may have our ‘go to’ answer for this to ‘please’ the prospective employer, what we aren’t addressing is answering the question for real – for US!