Whatever you are, be a good one

“I get paid to be nice to people.”

This is what Adam, a manager at California Pizza Kitchen, said to me and a row of other customers at the Boston restaurant’s bar.           

He beamed as he said he was having an “awesome day” and asked me how my day was (“brilliant”), and continued to say how thankful he was for a job which where he was paid to be nice to people and be friendly. And he meant it. As he smiled, each of us along the bar couldn’t help but smile back.

 This makes me think of a quote from William Makepeace Thackeray: “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

In business, this means coming from a place of gratitude, of being thankful and coming from a place of service. In my sales workshops, I talk about the need to have engagement, enthusiasm and excitement for what you do and how you help the world.

Sometimes as business owners and as busy entrepreneurs we get distracted by the volume of what we think needs to be done, of a constant sense of urgency to deliver and complete things, and we can forget to come from a place of thankfulness — for what we do, where we are and the possibility of what is before us.

How thankful are you for where you are now, for what you can do to help other people, to be of service?

Eat the frog?

Mark Twain said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning that nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day. He’s also attributed with saying, “If your job is to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” So when we talk about frogs in our Frogs and Butterflies program, we’re talking about the tasks, things or commitments we know we need to pay attention to, but tend to delay, procrastinate, push back – or completely avoid altogether.

Getting the big, important, sometimes-scary things done first in your day, means several things:

–       You address them so they don’t fester, stay on your mind, cause worry or distract you

–        You feel like you achieved something right at the start of the day. Anyone who has ever exercised first thing in the morning will recognize the “I’ve achieved something and it’s not even 10-a.m. … let-me-polish-my-halo” feeling

–       That sense of achievement makes you feel like other things – bigger things – are possible

–       You continue to gather momentum

–       Fear is lost. When you address things you put off, then they simply don’t own you anymore

–       You think, and act, bigger

–       Your confidence in yourself grows

So, what’s stopping you today? Is there something on your to-do list that you regularly put off, or find yourself consistently moving to “tomorrow”? Is there something that you have a sense of dread in facing?

Do it now. Eat that frog.

Want some help? Then sign up for our Frogs & Butterflies program – we’ll help you eat those frogs and discover your butterflies!