The hole will only get deeper. How do you get yourself out? That’s what sets you apart. Realize you’re in a hole and figure out how to get yourself out without digging yourself in any deeper!
I’m an introvert. I find it stressful to be in social situations, especially where I don’t know anyone. I’m never just going to randomly start up a conversation with a stranger. If given the choice between staying home with a good book or going out I almost always will stay in. I have to make myself participate in life. And there are times where I just get people overload and I have to remove myself for a couple days from having to be “social” so I can recharge.
I always laugh when I see this quote because I think I’ve appreciated being home doing absolutely nothing for as long as I can remember. But what I’ve come to realize after six years of running my business is that I’ve become much better at “social” interaction. It is a skill I’ve had to learn since running my business. I still have a lot I could learn, but I’m much better at it than I was say a couple years ago. And I think I have an even better appreciation now for the days I can be home doing “absolutely nothing.”
I learned long ago that my “standards” generally were leaps and bounds above most. I got frustrated when I had to work on or with a team that didn’t live up to them. Adequate was enough. Just getting the job done was enough. I would do twice as much work as colleagues, because only my best was enough. To this day I still hold high standards for myself and others. If you’re going to do a job–do it well. Go beyond just what is expected.
When I was teaching I held my students to my standards. And when they tried to reach them it was amazing what they accomplished. I won’t make apologies for holding high standards. I will always work to make everything I do the best I can.
I *think* I’ve shared this one before, but it’s worth re-sharing. Especially as we head into a new year. What you want is not (in 99.9% of cases) going to be handed to you. Dreams come true because “we” work our tails off to make them reality. “Umph” is what sets us apart. It’s what makes our dreams become reality. Here’s to a year of lots of “umph”!!
About this time of year I need this reminder ha! The last three months of the year are definitely crazy. Work days tend to be 7 days a week and in the double digits of number of hours worked, but when I stop and say would I rather being doing a 9 to 5 desk job the answer is “no!” I work hard. I take time to enjoy the things that are important to me. And, I’m happy. So, I think I’m succeeding!