“The alarm clock goes off. It’s time to get out of bed. This is your first decision of the day. Will you get out of bed or hit the snooze button? You press the snooze button and roll over. What just happened? No big deal right? Wrong. You just lost the first battle of the day. Resistance just kicked your butt.”
“Resistance is that sluggish feeling of not wanting to do something that you know is good for you. It’s the desire and tendency to delay something you should be doing right now.”
“The hardest war to win is one you don’t even realize you are fighting, and the hardest enemy to defeat is the one you don’t even know exists. Every day you are at war with resistance.”
These quotes are from a book (Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly) a friend shared with me. Even though it is not a “business book”, as an avid reader I read the book and found out how much it applied to my own life and the message I am spreading to small businesses.
The way I phrase this message is “Small businesses fail, not because they don’t know what to do, but because they fail to do what they know they should do.”
There were a lot of messages in the book but the one that I want to share is that our own personal life habits are connected to our business habits. I am the “snooze button” person. Because of that my day starts with a rush to get ready in the morning and I realized that my whole day is often a “rush”.
I keep a spiral notebook on my desk. When I make a call or someone calls me, I note the time, the person I am speaking to and a very brief outline of what we spoke about. To this habit I added a resistance notation. Every time I am challenged by resistance (when in my office) I add what the resistance was and what action I took. If you try this for a week you will be surprised how much you can learn about the resistance in your everyday work.
Start your work day with the BizQuack dashboard. Learn to spend at least the first ten minutes reading your daily blog or researching past marketing ideas for something to give you a boost. If you have more time, go back and review past Tuesday Challenges and select one that you know you have to implement in order to take your business to the next level.
Resistance can be overcome by making small changes every day.
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