What would you do if you won the lottery? Would you stick with your same job? Spend time volunteering? Tour the world? Chances are, you’d do something you’ve always wanted to do, however that resonates for you. And the answer likely also depends on how lucky you were in the lottery.
‘Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’ – Attributed to “an old timer”
Bringing it back to our businesses, let’s focus the question a bit: It’s a good exercise to think about what you would do if money were not a concern, assuming, of course, you still had to work. So, what would you do, as employment, if money wasn’t a concern? Think about it for a moment, and then read on.
It’s compelling, isn’t it? Your “dream job” – the thing you’d really love to do. And perhaps you’re lucky enough to be doing it, or actively working towards doing it. (If you’re not, let’s talk for an hour about how to change that!) As you’re working on, or towards, realizing your dreams, chances are really great you’ll end up facing some tasks you simply don’t want to do – even hate, perhaps. How you respond to them will absolutely define the level of success you achieve.
It’s in our nature to avoid pain; and if we perceive something on our action list as being painful to do, we almost certainly will avoid it. A lot of advice is out there about how to tackle the things you dread: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. When should you eat a frog? First thing in the morning. The idea is to tackle the hard stuff early, chunk down big tasks to more manageable (and palatable) activities. It’s not bad advice, actually, but why take the necessary, if less glamorous, parts of your dream job and bury them in platitudes?
“Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson has it right, because the answer is straightforward – it takes discipline, and its partner, consistency. If it helps to think of elephants and frogs, fine – but I use a different technique with my clients which has proven highly successful over the years. Borrowing from Stephen Covey’s Begin with the End in mind I work with them to walk backwards from how they define their dream work, and discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly together. I help them see how all the puzzle pieces work together to realize their vision – how they’re all necessary or the complete vision won’t come to actualization.
As an advocate, coach, and cheerleader, I work with my clients to uncover the internal motivations (and accompanying rewards) that make frog taste less like Kermit and more like <<cuisses de grenouille>> (a French delicacy, aka frogs’ legs). Working together, we map out how to get from where they are to where they want to be, and what that path of travel really looks like; and I’m here when life throws up challenges that require a detour in order to maintain forward progress.
Thank you for reading this today – I hope you’ve found actionable information here. Please share your challenges, motivators, and rewards – and if you’d like to continue the conversation offline, please reach out to me!