Have you ever had to do something you didn’t want to do at
work or at home and found yourself grumbling and pouting
through the entire thing?
It seemed as if the work would never get done. The truth is,
sometimes we all have to do things we don’t want to do, all
of us. But instead of complaining and being miserable make
sure, no matter what you’re doing, to have fun.
The fact is that if something has to get done, it has to get
done. And if we have to do it we have two choices – we can
be the martyr (they’re always fun to be around) and huff and
puff through the whole thing asking “Why me?”- or we can
decide to make everything a fun task and make a game out of
Take pride in everything that you do. People will notice
your dedication to excellence, your contagious enthusiasm
and your positive attitude. And even if they don’t, you will
feel better about yourself and your work.
In closing, I’d like to offer an exercise to complete in the
What tasks do you absolutely loathe doing? Is it paperwork?
Mowing the lawn? We all have jobs we don’t enjoy. And if you
cannot hire someone to do it, then you’ll have to step up to
the plate and get the job done. Why not put a smile on your
face while you’re doing it?
For homework I want you to think of 5-10 jobs you don’t
enjoy doing. That should be pretty easy. At the top of each
page write one job per page in your journal or notebook.
Under each job number 1-10.
Now, I want you to think about these tasks in a different
way. Let’s say you don’t want to mow the lawn: beside
numbers 1-10, list the positive results that occur once the
lawn is mowed. For example:
1. the yard looks beautiful.
2. the dog enjoys rolling in the freshly cut grass.
3. my family and I can play frisbee or toss a football.
4. the smells are wonderful.
5. my friends comment on how great the yard looks. Etc.
Looking at the positive results that come out of doing a
task will help you become more motivated to get the job
Step into a new you each day. Reach out to greater health,
happiness, fitness, friendship, love and greater pride in
I’ll see you next time!
Mark Victor Hansen