Do you enjoy things you aren’t good at doing?
I don’t, either.
When I went to college for music, I remember taking a class called Sight-Singing. I’m not making this up, it’s a real class, and a required course for music majors. It was designed to teach you how to learn a song you had never heard before by helping you hear each part as it should be played. It’s the same concept as learning new words by sounding them out.
I was great at hearing the parts of songs in my head—though sometimes they did get drowned out by the voices—and could pick most of them out on a piano or guitar without a lot of difficulty. But this class forced me to do something I couldn’t do well at all.
Now, you can imagine that if a class is called Sight-Singing, then singing will eventually come into play. It did, and it didn’t take long.
For a long time, I followed a simple, 3-step process when I had a decision to make. I’m giving it to you today so you can file it in the “what not to do” folder.
Step 1 – Ignore all warning signs.
Step 2 – Make a bad choice.
Step 3 – Regret it.
I told you it was simple, I didn’t say it was good.
Do you ever go through the motions at work? Do you ever admit to yourself that you could be doing a better job, but you just don’t care?
We wouldn’t want anyone to accuse us of doing a poor job or making lackluster effort, so why are we okay with giving less than our best?
It could be because we don’t believe what we are doing matters. Perhaps it’s because you hate your job, or that you don’t think you’ll get recognized for doing it well. Maybe you just think your manager is a moron. Whatever the reason, we find ourselves going through the motions, doing what we can to get through the week and into the weekend.