For years, I’ve been a sorta student of the personal development / self help industry. The seminars and webinars. The tapes, CDs, DVDs and MP3s. The books and blogs. It’s amazing how much stuff is out there.
Anyway, in addition to visualizing my goal into being. Thinking about it real hard. Making vision boards or whathaveyou, I’m supposed to put some of these ideas into action. Depending on who I listen to it’s either massive action or small consistent action. Either way, it means work.
Then there is the work ethic for people who are just doing their j-o-b. People who need to feed their family and have two or three jobs and take the bus and/or subway to get to them. There’s the student working hard to get their degree while working their way through college or grad school. There are just A Type Personalities who go at their job with full force.
The idea, I think, is that if you really go at it hard and heavy now, you’ll reap the reward later. Who knows? Maybe sooner than later.
I wish I could buy into it. I wish I had the type of personality that would help me bounce out of bed every morning and really put my nose to the grindstone and do the things that need to be done so I can be healthy, wealthy and wise. Big house, nice car, money in the bank and a spouse who supports me in all that I do.
It ain’t gonna happen in this lifetime.
Many people would tell me that I don’t have a strong enough inner motivation. I don’t have an overriding “why” for doing anything.
Maybe that’s true. Life is pretty comfortable even if it’s not very fulfilling. People will tell me to get out of my “comfort zone” to achieve things in my life that would help me feel fulfilled and joyful.
Maybe that’s true. However, when I look at my age, my weight, my general health and all the rest of it, I think not “Why?” but “Why bother?”.
You see, I just don’t have that monster work ethic that a lot of people have. Don’t get me wrong. When I have work to do, I do it and I work hard at doing it right. A lot of time it’s work I like doing. Other times it’s work I feel obligated or duty bound to do. Either way, I get to it. I work until the work is done and then I stop working. I don’t immediately go into overdrive to find more work to do. I don’t look to find work that is never ending and will be passed down to future generations.
It’s a shortcoming, I know. Other people in my business (real estate) do really well by constantly prospecting for new business. Phone calls, door knocking, networking events, chatting up clients and past clients. All kinds of stuff. But it’s tough and it has a huge rejection factor. So, I don’t do as much as I should. In fact, I don’t even blog over there as much as I should.
I guess it all comes down to my work ethic.
As Dictionary.com puts it:
nouna belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and
its inherent ability to strengthen character.