A sunny disposition is the very soul of success, enabling a man to do double the labor that he could without it, and to do it with half the physical and mental exhaustion. ~ William Mathews
When I was a graduate student, you could always tell when I had a paper due because our apartment was usually spotless, I would be sewing up a storm, and I had cooked enough food to put in the freezer to last us years. I loved doing the research part. I hated doing the writing part (for me, scholarly writing is soooo boring compared to writing, say, a blog). I would do everything else but my paper because I had such a negative attitude about writing the paper.
The thing is, once I finally would get started, I could usually get it done in no time, relatively speaking. I had used all of that energy avoiding my work when I could have just written it and gotten it done without all of the avoidance drama (although there is much to be said for a clean house and not needing to cook for a very long time…)
Today, William Mathews reminds us that we are the ones making a task or job harder than it needs to be because of a negative attitude. No, I will never, ever, sing the joys of cleaning the toilets. But I don’t think I need to get too graphic to describe the consequences of not cleaning them because we all know them. I can just do it and be done with it in a few minutes or waste a lot of mental energy on avoiding the task.
When I just do what I need to do that isn’t going to be all joy, joy, fun, fun, I have the satisfaction of having completed it and enjoying the benefits of having that task completed–such as a clean home or paper written.
Do you have a task that you are making harder because of a negative attitude?
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