The perks of a good work ethic.
We all to some degree or another have a decent to excellent work ethic. Some of us work longer than others, and some of us get more done in less time than others. These measures are very subjective, as it is up to the individual what is important, and what is considered work. Some of us are Type A and work 15 hour days, others are Type B, and do the 40 hours and a paycheck. This is a spectrum, and wherever you fall on the line, consistency with what works best for you is critical. Ask yourself, and observe what stretches you, but doesn’t stress you too much.
We all know the old saying, “You reap what you sow.” Every action we have now creates a consequence for our own as well as other’s future. Want to have more time freedom down the road? Do more work now that will pay off later. Want to become a master at something you enjoy? Put in more hours and get laser focused. Don’t care too much about the future, or are content with where you are? Pop in a movie or keep playing video games.
While you may be content with how your life is now, it is always nice to have a little more financial cushion, a little more time on the weekends. The bonuses of putting in extra work when it isn’t required are that you are prepared internally as well as externally when a crisis or obstacle arises. This could mean putting in overtime, or taking the initiative at work and doing something you know needs did without being told to.
Another perk of putting in a few extra minutes here and there is that you conserve your energy. This article is not about just grinding at work until its time to go to bed; quite the opposite. Many of us, myself included, have been in the position to do something to better the quality of our lives and did nothing to do so. Later, we complained that we didn’t have what we wanted. Either stop complaining or do something about it.
People watch everything that you do.
Segwaying from complaining about your problems, and doing something about it, your habits solidify neurologically, regardless of what they are. This manifests in the form of addiction, and addiction can be good and bad. The general rule of thumb is to have a balance in everything that you do. However, when you make a decision, go all in. Learn afterward what you can improve. We are all watching one another develop habits, and if you want others to model after you, do what you want others to see.
Who you spend your time with is a direct reflection of who you are. Adding on to that, we are not only the average of the five people we spend the most time around, but also the books we read, the shows we watch, our diets, sleep, and exercise. All of these things add up to who we are (there is much more of course). It is much harder to reach our goals when those around us are in our way, or their actions are counterintuitive to what we are trying to accomplish.
The more you better yourself, the more easily you will be able to help others. The better you treat yourself, you will naturally treat others better. Everyone sees this, and suddenly your time becomes super valuable. People come to you for advice, help, and people want to be around you more. It doesn’t matter how much stuff you have, but what your mindset is. People subconsciously desire to have the attitude you have, even if on the surface they see it as fancy stuff.
The fact that others are watching everything that you do means to have your winning attitude on as often as possible. Does this mean that you will be perfect 100% of the time? Not at all. We fail regularly, and no one will ever be perfect. This does mean that when you fall, you will bounce right back up, and people will trust your effort and determination. I have had a lot of personal experience with this recently, as I am noticing that people are seeking out my opinion or advice more frequently.
It is my hope with this that anything said is seen as advice, not commands or orders. I am speaking from experience and information I have acquired through search. Do your research as well, seek out the right help for the given situation, and most importantly, think for yourself. If I can help facilitate your growth by sharing my experiences such as I am on this blog, then, by all means, I am willing to do so. Please take these words with a grain of salt.
Life will always be uncomfortable.
It is no doubt that simply being alive is difficult. We must be taken care of for at least a decade with almost nothing to give in return but smiles, and as we get older, the obstacles grow, the climb steepens. Zig Ziglar once said, “When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.” Make yourself uncomfortable in small ways when its a choice, so when actual discomfort comes, it is not nearly as bad. You reap what you sow, and that goes for being too comfortable as well.
With that said, it is essential to set a good example for those around you, your children and that of others. We all soak up each other’s actions and form opinions, and children especially do this. Whether we like it or not, we all step into a type of leadership. It may be just a friend for a day, and it may be an entire classroom or even country. Whatever position you step into, realize that people are putting their trust in you to lead them. Be humble, and be hungry to learn and help others.
This not to put stress on the role of leadership, but to prepare you for what reality is going to show you regardless. Better to be uncomfortable now visualizing it, than to be paralyzed in fear when the moment actually comes. Be patient with yourself, as you will mess up, and learn what you need to at exactly the right times. Trust where you are, who you are, and what you have to offer the world. Trust who is in your life and how they act around you. Most importantly, trust in the ability you were given to go out and help the world.