What happens when someone asks us to do something really tough? First, we try to get out of it. Right? Next, we complain that they’re asking the impossible. Then, we whine to our friends, “I’m having such a bad day” or “The world is unfair.” After we’ve exhausted every way to get out of the work . . . we take a break. (It’s exhausting.) When we return, we brainstorm excuses to cover our behind if things go south. And, when all else fails, and it usually does, we get down to work while talking to ourselves.
Contrast this mindset to a champion’s approach . . .
I can hear the coach saying, “If they’re bigger, be faster” “If they’re better, play up.” “If you’re hurt, walk it off and then get back in the game.” There’s no whining, no excuses, and certainly no second-guessing. The players are positive, they’re optimistic, and they’re entirely focused on winning. These are the trademarks of winners. They’ll do whatever it takes to win. They know they have to “get it done.”
Think about a soldier on a dangerous mission, a doctor saving a life, or a firefighter trying to pull a child from a burning building. They don’t think “I can’t”; they don’t complain “why me”; and there’s certainly no time for excuses. They put their head down and get it done.
How do you handle tough requests? Do you waste important energy complaining? Do you squander precious time making excuses? Does your defeatist attitude drag you down and kill the morale of your colleagues? Or, do you think about all the things once considered impossible that are commonplace today? Success begins with a can-do attitude.
Think about what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it. Next time you’re faced with the “impossible,” don’t defeat yourself before you start. It takes a positive attitude to get things done. Rather than thinking “The deadline is impossible,” “We don’t have the resources,” or “This has never been done before,” put all your energy into making it happen. The truth is, if you stop focusing on all the reasons why you can’t do it, you just may surprise yourself when you see what you can do. Get it done!