I hate doing it.
It stresses me out.
It’s so boring.
Every time I hear someone share one of those thoughts, I want to say (and sometimes do say), “Who cares?”
But then I remember I say and think these things at times too (really). And because I want to give people the break I want to be given, I pause and turn it on myself.
I remind myself that I want to be a better part of someone’s day ... with no drama. I want my life and work to be about making good things happen for other people and in turn, make good things happen for myself. I want to be someone who Smiles & Moves consistently (a Smover).
You see that guy on the window above?
He was hanging from a rope outside our office, 5 floors up, in 41-degree wind. After the novelty of climbing exterior walls wears off, it’s probably not the most enjoyable way for someone to spend their day. It needs to be done, though ... as do most of those pieces of your work (and mine) that we find boring, don’t enjoy, or get stressed about.
So how do we get over ourselves more and remember our obligation to that bigger-than-ourselves picture (we’re here to make good things happen for other people)?
Maybe we think a little less of ourselves and a little more of others.
Maybe we cuddle up with the fact that just because we don’t enjoy every minute of our work doesn’t mean we can’t be more enjoyable (and valuable) to the people around us.
Maybe we should more often delight in the fact that the opportunity to work (to be of service to others) is a good thing. (Imagine for a moment what would happen without that opportunity ... really.)
Maybe that’s our path to a more enjoyable day.
One more thought below...
All those jobs we sometimes envy (professional athletes, musicians, writers, artists, creative roles, leadership, etc.), they all have their unenjoyable, stressful, and boring times, don’t they?
Professional athletes ... the drills, the practice, the conditioning, the pounding.
Rock stars ... the practice, the travel, the changing tastes of audiences, the redundancy (imagine how excited Bruce Springsteen is about singing Born in the USA … again).
Writers, artists, creatives ... the continued need for something new, the dependence on market acceptance, the criticism, the work behind the scenes that never gets seen in order to create the things that are seen.
Leaders ... being seen, judged, and held to a higher standard while being responsible for the vision, decisions, and results (good and bad) … persevering and remaining optimistic when things get challenging.
And remember, those who make it to the top of their profession ... most dealt (well) with many (many) years of difficulty and challenge before they got there … two-twelving all the way.
If you like the thoughts above, they're a part of my book, Cross The Line.
A clip of some challenging work outside my airplane window in Denver one winter morning at 1 a.m. ... in a small snowstorm. At 16 seconds ... that's a guy in a box ... de-icing the plane before take-off.