Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lock Screen Motivation: Talk Less, Grind More

aka "Don't just talk about it, be about it."

aka "Talk the talk, now walk the walk."

aka "Actions speak louder than words."

aka "Faith without works is dead."

There are so many notable quotables around this idea because it's a problem. It's good to talk about what you want to do. In fact, it's necessary. But too often, that's the end of the story -- talking about it.

I read about three guys who owned a struggling lawn service for five years. They finally went to see a business consultant because they couldn't understand why they were still having a hard time breaking even. "It's not like we're just running the business and not thinking about the business. We discuss this every day, sometimes two hours a day. We're focused on come it's not getting better?"

Well sir, not all talk is productive. Just because words are coming out of my mouth doesn't mean I'm saying anything. 

I'm finding that my patience is dwindling for people complaining about the same things they complained about last year and the year before that. I've mastered the  "mental eyeroll" when sitting in yet another meeting about the same issue we've had for the past 10 years. 

What are we going to do about it? And if there's nothing we can do about it or we don't have any new information or we are not fundamentally different than we were last time this came up, then let's focus our energies on something more productive.

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