Hump Day Hype: Today is the most important day…

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“The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables called habits, attitudes, and desires. What you do in life depends upon what you are and what you want. What you get from life depends upon how much you want it, how much you are willing to work and plan and cooperate and use your resources. The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables that you are spinning now, and that is why today is such an important day. Make the cables strong!” — L.G. Elliott

I read this quote over the weekend and I just love the simple, yet profound message.  Your long-term narrative is determined by your short-term actions and it is important to put in the time, effort and care into the little things you do if you want to have an impact on the ultimate outcome of your life.

We all come into work each day and for the most part, we are in control of what goes down. Meaning, if we want to be really alert, efficient and productive we can and conversely if we want to coast thru the day and/or just turn in mediocre work, that is an option too. The former is preferred, but the latter happens more than most would like, especially by me, the employer of 14 employees.

Now sometimes we are hungover, super tired from lack of sleep or even sick and on those days we have greater forces taking over and impacting things. Hopefully, we all take actions to avoid those, such as not getting [too] drunk, trying to get a solid 8 hours of shut-eye and/or working out and eating right to maintain good health.  That being said they are sometimes inevitable and when those do happen we have less control over the outcome.  

That is all the more reason that when you wake up coherent, well rested and in good health, you should be grateful for the day that lies ahead of you and put in your best effort. Not for your employer, but selfishly for yourself and the bridge you want to build.  Put in the kind of effort that your future you will be proud of today and then do that for as many days as you are able.  

Trust me, they add up and suddenly your bridge has taken you very far and the foundation and support cables are rock solid. You cannot do yesterday over and you don’t need to worry about tomorrow just yet.  It all comes down to what you do today.

 
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On Hump Day Hype

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Every Wednesday I send an email to my team to make sure they don’t succumb to the malaise that can come with “Hump Day.” Most people are going thru the motions at work and I find the day they are most susceptible to the lure of less work or checking out is Wednesday.

The best way to get them to be motivated is not to yell or mandate, but to light a fire in their belly and encourage them to want to be great for themselves and not necessarily for me or the company.  If they see it as serving themselves, they can be selfish and own the effort rather than being told to and potentially resenting it or tuning me out.

During the interview process, I try to hire awesome candidates who seem to have more curiosity than apathy in any aspect of their lives. People who are seeking self-improvement and constantly learning new things are the types that work best for me and who will take a reminder to be great and internalize that message the right way. At least that is the hope…

Today’s message:

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It is the middle of a rainy work week and it is easy to be a step slow and a little unenthused. Dont fall victim to that mentality and dare to be different than most.

If you develop good habits you can maintain high productivity levels, despite the temptations to do otherwise. The foundation can be laid by me, but the mindset and effort lie with you.  I (and your clients are too) am counting on you to be better than the rest.

We are all different people with varied origin stories and backgrounds, but all of us should share the interest in being our best selves.  Today, that is all I ask of you.  

-Adam

Let’s see how it plays out.

 

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