Have you ever sat at your desk staring at your to-do list, with absolutely no desire to accomplish what you know you need to do? Yea, that’s me right now. I have a busy week so today is one of the few days that I have to get my computer work done … but I just don’t want to. Let’s process for a few minutes why it’s times like these that really define who we are.
Right now, I could make lots of excuses why I don’t want to write a blog and no one would know except the dogs (who, by the way, are sleeping so I’m sure they don’t even care). But it really doesn’t matter what I want to do; there are things that I need to get accomplished in order to help my business grow and achieve long term success.
So, in order to become a successful person with character, I am choosing to do what I need to do instead of what I want to do. Isn’t that what true character is anyway? Making the right decisions … even when no one is looking. The decisions may be about our to-do list, eating the right food, how we spend our time or hundreds of other things. But what really matters is that we are on the inside what we look like on the outside.
I wrote in my last blog about the importance of accountability when it comes to achieving your goals (to read that blog, click here). I think that’s because it is very easy to lie to ourselves. We don’t want to do what it takes to accomplish our goals, so we come up with excuses why we can’t. But if we were to truly develop character, we wouldn’t accept those lies from ourselves. We would enforce the standards all the time. I guess that’s the sad part. The fact that we can make excuses to ourselves shows what our true character really is, and it isn’t as grand and glorious as we would like it to be.
It should be our goal to have real character and be the person on the inside that we truly aspire to be. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of us have accomplished that yet. So, let’s grow our character and hold each other accountable to achieving our goals and becoming better people altogether.
Do you have any stories that you’d like to share about doing what you didn’t want to do? I would like to hear from you below, also please share this with your social media friends or anyone else who might benefit from reading it.