I can always tell when my kids are not looking forward to doing something. They start out normal. Then I remind them that we have to go here or there, or they need to get dressed and ready to do A or B. Then they look at me with eyes that say, “Do I have to?” But, they know me well, so they don’t even bother to ask. Then they stalk upstairs, shoulders hunched, moving slower than molassas. Later they come downstairs equipped with safer questions for me like, “How long with this take?” and “When will you pick me up?” or “Will it end early?” If I give answers that they like, they perk up a little. If I don’t their shoulders drop down to their knees and the look as if their lives are completely over.
My daughter, who is 14, does this sometimes when she has committed to babysitting and when the time arrives she has “better” plans for the evening. Obviously, I won’t let her cancel because she needs to learn responsibility and a good work ethic. But, she still bombards me with a million questions trying to find some good out of this thing she committed to. Usually telling her that she is going to make lots of money does the trick. However, I usually end up having to explain to her that this babysitting gig will go very well and very fast if she only chooses a better attitude. Stop looking at the gig as something you are dreading and look at it as something you are excited to do. Even if that means focusing on the money you’ll make – just do it!
I love this little ditty from Seth Godin because it really does say it all. We all have the same ability to get beyond an issue or a feeling of dread when a not-so-fun thing we have to do is looming. We may not be able to change the circumstances, but we always have the ability to change our attitude. Seth says . . .
When everyone has access to the same tools
…then having a tool isn’t much of an advantage.
The industrial age, the age of scarcity, depended in part on the advantages that came with owning tools others didn’t own.
Time for a new advantage. It might be your network, the connections that trust you. And it might be your expertise. But most of all, I’m betting it’s your attitude.