You’ve either said it to reward yourself, admit defeat, in defiance to someone else’s directive, or even in helpless rage.
We have a tendency to stop doing the work. Here are a few examples:
- Life is so good. My life is so good that it feels like I’ve arrived. I’ve worked so hard to get the job that I have, the things that I own, the family that I’ve created, and the stability that I now have in my life. I can finally take a breath and stop doing the work. Wrong!
- Life is so bad. I’ve struggled for so long, and I cannot get a break. No matter where I turn, someone always finds a way to kick me in the teeth. I can’t get ahead, and there’s no way for me to get caught up. I’m behind in my bills. My family has fallen apart. I’m victim to addiction. My friends have all turned their backs on me. I might as well stop doing the work. Wrong!
- Sales are up. I’ve made the sales that I need to make for the month! After finally making a big sale, my numbers are finally looking up, and it looks like I’ll not only get to keep my job, but it looks like there’s a bonus in my future! I can finally take a break, relax a little, and stop doing the work. Wrong!
- Sales are down. I’ve tried everything to make this happen. They’ve arbitrarily assigned a target to me, and nothing I do is making a difference. I’m behind in performance, other departments have a target on my back and won’t help me, and it feels like there’s no way I’m ever going to catch up with what’s expected. I should probably just look for another job and stop doing the work. Wrong!
- I’m so happy. After searching for so long for inner peace, I feel like I’ve finally found it. I’ve reach a Zen-like place, and I feel like everything is as it should be inside me. My relationships have never been stronger, and I feel like I could rule the world. I’ve finally arrived. I can stop doing the work that it took to get here. Wrong!
- I’ve never been more sad. There are so many things that have gone wrong. I’m hurt. I’ve hurt others. I’m lost. I’m alone. I’m afraid. I’m broken. There’s no sense in my doing the work. Wrong!
No matter what, we have to keep doing the work. Whether we’re on top or feel like we’re on the bottom, we can’t afford to stop. There is one life here for each of us. If you feel like you’ve accomplished a great deal, then pay it forward! Look around you at people who feel exactly the opposite. Give those folks a hand and let them experience the joy that you’re feeling at this moment. If you feel like you’re on the bottom, don’t wait for someone else to rescue you. Commit to yourself that you’ll do something every single day to make it better.
No matter what, Never Stop Doing The Work. What is your work, and how can you share it? Tomorrow Begins Today.