Scenario: "Dude, I'm so tired. But I know being this exhausted means I'm working very hard! Yay!" You know all those business "mottos" telling you:
- "Work tirelessly!"
- "If you're not feeling pain, you're not working hard enough!"
- "Having fun won't get any work done!"
- Yadda, yadda, yadda.
So, your well-intentioned self might figure: "Hey, work should suck!" Our theory to this whole shenanigan dates back to the 18th century:
- Without amazingly awesome business books available, the first established American businesses produced dictatorial bosses.
- That spawned others who emulated them.
- That vicious cycle of bad bosses continued into the 21st century.
- So, trustful managers -- modeling themselves after their predecessors -- now expect effective work as painful, excruciating, and demoralizing.
That's why people dread Mondays. That's how work gets a bad rap. And, that's how you create a workforce that's sluggish, unmotivated, and unproductive. Net Loss: Billions of dollars in productivity every year. If you're seeking super-amazingly-productive-kick-booty work, your work life -- as it turns out -- should resemble heaven. If it doesn't, you know something's wrong.
"So, how do I specifically know when something is wrong?"
It starts with this simple question: "Does my life absolutely, totally, rock at this moment?" If you're feeling tired, exhausted, unmotivated, lacking passion, or feeling tense, that's your body/mind/soul telling you: "Yo! I suck right now." Your negative feelings are sending you signs:
- "I'm overworking myself."
- "I'm doing unproductive business work."
- "I'm procrastinating on my sales report."
- "I'm debilitating my body."
- "I'm lacking sufficient exercise."
Use this rule of thumb by renowned performance psychologist Jim Loehr, who studied what distinguished all-world athletes from the sucky ones: The more toxic and unpleasant the energy, the less effectively it serves performance; the more positive and pleasant the energy, the more efficient it is.
"So, what should I do when something is wrong?"
Like in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, it starts with confronting how you're feeling.
- If you're feeling tired constantly, that's your body telling you: "Exercise!"
- If you're feeling burnt out, that's your body telling you: "Relax!"
- If you're feeling you suck at sales, that's your brain telling you: "Try another sales method!"
Confronting your negative feelings helps you check yourself before you wreck yourself. That gets you in line to answer: "Yes, my life absolutely, totally, does rock at this moment."
"But wait! What about when 'wrong stuff' inevitably happens?"
Say, you just dropped a deal. Or, you received an influx of customer complaints. Or, you missed a sales goal. People typically respond to the 'wrong stuff' in two fashions:
We're taking this number strictly from our behinds, but we'd say 99.9% of people feel the former: "Oooh. Why me? Why? Oooh." Kick-booty business-builders (like your fabulous self) -- on the other hand -- feel invigorated after the 'wrong stuff' happens. 'Wrong stuff' to them and your badass means:
- "With every failure, I'm getting closer to success."
- "Now, I know where my badass can improve."
- "I'm building my supremely awesome resilience every time.
Invigoration. Sexy. And more important, that gets you answering: "Yes, my life absolutely, totally, does rock at this moment." So when you're out rocking the world with your business, recite this sucka as your every-second barometer:
"At this moment, does my life absolutely, totally, positively ROCK higher than a mutha-@#$%^& tapered falcon that has a 42-inch wingspan, weighs 970 grams, swoops in at 180 mph, and comes in at 510 millimeters in size?"
Posted on February 11
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