Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I Don't Feel Like It

The following is from an article in a newsletter sent out by joint ventures specialist, Robin J. Elliot. Elliot is a businessman (and also a Christian) but I like reading his newsletter for the general feeling of inspiration that I get when I read it:

"I Don't Feel Like It"

How many times have you said, "I don't feel like it", but you go ahead anyway and do it, and you're very happy you did? In life and in business, feelings are not always the ideal indicator, especially when they involve a spot of sloth or discomfort on your part.

Recently, my amazing daughter urged me to go for a ride with her on a wild-looking machine at the fairgrounds that whirled people around upside down, high above the ground. The last time I rode on one of those things, I was a teenager. Now I'm 56, but I agreed to accompany her. I didn't feel like it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! My wife persuaded me to go to Disney World for the first time. I certainly didn't feel like that, but I did it, and I loved it. After that, we visited Disneyland as well! Yesterday, my two friends suggested we jump off the boat and swim in the cold waters of Howe Sound off Horseshoe Bay. I didn't feel like it, but I dived in, and it was great.

Do you think athletes feel like training for hours every day, in all kinds of weather, enduring constant pain? How about that awful food they eat on their special diets? Don't you thing they feel like gobbling fatty burgers or lining up at the trough for ice cream? How often do they feel like quitting? Those who do quit don't win the gold medals. The same goes for entrepreneurs. Someone once said, "The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night."

Note, in the above quote, that the author says, "Reached and KEPT" - it's OK to win once, but to keep on winning, you have to discipline your feelings and urges. Ross Perot said, "Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment." Beware - pride comes before the fall.

Lee Iacocca said, "I learned to keep going, even in bad times. I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart. I learned that there are no free lunches. And I learned the value of hard work." And Jim Rohn said, "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments. One discipline always leads to another discipline." That's good news - doing the right thing instead of the easy thing becomes a good habit.

Small habits that get good results need to be developed and maintained in order to reap long-term rewards. Those who quit easily and seek the fast buck never get anywhere, and they develop a reputation for excuses and for not being reliable. James Allen said, "Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set." That self-discipline to do the right thing in spite of what you feel, is what separates the men from the boys.

Champions don't make excuses, and they fight on, regardless of their feelings, comfort zone, or the opinions of others. When losers tell them, "Don't work too hard, take it easy, rest more, dress down, don't be so aggressive, don't upset people", winners simply go deaf. They associate with other winners and hear only their mentors and coaches. Do the right thing, continuing in good and bad times to do the right thing, in spite of what you feel. Conquer yourself, and you can reach any goal you wish.

Robin J. Elliott

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love that article. I think part of the reason i was uncomfortable with the joint policy agreement is that i felt it would go against the message in Elliot's article. I think i can see them both working though. I guess the key is not to be selfish.