Rise Above

The truth is you just have to do what you don’t want to do sometimes. You can’t change it, you just have to do it. But this might not be a bad thing. Sometimes you do your best work when you have no other alternatives.

Listen to what leadership guru Seth Godin says about it on his blog:

Dig yourself a hole.

Make big promises.

Burn your boats.

Set yourself up in a place where you have few options and the stakes are high.

Focused energy and serious intent will push you to do your best work. You have nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. (Better than the alternative).

Getting yourself through the difficulty of emotional ups and downs builds character. It helps you see what is actually possible when you exercise your will over your emotions and get to work. The question is, who (or what) is ruling you? Are you in control of your feelings or circumstances, or are you at their mercy? The answer changes everything.

I didn’t want to get up this morning. I don’t always feel like writing a new blog, exercising, leading another meeting, or having that conversation. But I’m not the only one, and I have a feeling the answer is the same for you as it is for me. Get into the drivers’ seat and start steering the ship. Don’t bail out because you don’t want to. Quitting makes growth impossible.

3 Replies to “Rise Above”

  1. To steal a phrase from the Falcons – “Rise Up!” and may I add…”It’s GO TIME!”….”Turn on the Ignition” – Toby Mac…..and of course cause I’m “country”….. “Git R Done” – Lary the Cable Guy

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