and in between, there are doors."
Here's an example of what I mean...
For years, I traveled through the entire state of Florida by car for business. As you can imagine, driving to appointments became less than fun. So when one of my clients asked me to attend a meeting that would require a three-hour drive (one way), I almost said no. After all, I am very selective in the way I choose to spend my time and energies.
However, I have an alternate mode of transportation - my single-engine airplane. "Wow!" I thought, "By flying there, maybe I can make attending this meeting both productive and fun!"
Think about it. There is nothing worse than going into a meeting tired and in a bad mood. I would rather not go at all. But instead of stressing myself out over having to drive for six hours or say no to the opportunity, I took a "mental step" back and reassessed my options.
Since that first time, I've flown my airplane to many business appointments. And I've been able to take on clients in Lake City, Gainesville, New Port Richey - each one a long drive from my home in Orlando.
I save hours of boring driving. I arrive at my destination rested and eager to become involved in the work. I know I will have plenty of time to visit with the client and go to lunch at a nice restaurant to further our relationship.
Flying to appointments also advances my personal goal of increasing the number of hours in my log book. Best of all, I enjoy it!
And it's changed my entire attitude toward work.
I'm productive by nature. And I used to be relentless in the pursuit of my goals. I would go in earlier and stay later - whatever it took to get the mission accomplished. If it meant driving 10 hours to meet a new client, I would do it.
It's great to be an achiever. And I still believe in a "whatever it takes" approach. However, ONLY on rare occasions and ONLY in a limited timeframe.
- Make a list of your scheduled activities for next week.
- For each one, ask yourself, "How can I make this fun?"
- Write down your answer. And write the word FUN next to it to imprint your new perspective on your brain.