No doubt you have heard about the children’s book, ‘The Little Red Engine That Could’ written in the 1930s. If not, the crux of the whole matter is the little train struggling along to haul a huge load of cars and merchandise and as it goes it keeps repeating while it chugs along: “ I think I can, I think I can”.
So obviously in motivational literature this book is quoted many times because it shows the determination and strength necessary to stay focused and to ‘keep on trucking’. We will always just about anywhere in this life, no matter what we do, encounter obstacles and difficulties. If we allow them to become our focus then they will prevent us from doing many things we would otherwise accomplish in spite of them.
It’s as if it is some sort of right of passage that we have to struggle. Why? To prove we really want something enough to fight for it? Or conversely to weed out those things that will just be a waste of time because we really don’t care about them enough to fight? It seems appropriate to remind of the saying: ‘What doesn’t kill us will make us stronger’. So this must really relate to the belief that when we overcome difficulties and trials that we become stronger because we are conquerors.
Looking at it from the dark side, if we think we can’t then we probably won’t – Or said another way ‘if you think you can’t you are probably right’. So you have to decide on how you will function with your mindset. Plenty of us are used to being very negative because so many things are not in our control and we wish they would be otherwise, but can’t do anything to change them. We have to ‘accept the things we cannot change’. Very good advice but sometimes it is hard to do and we wonder why that is the best we can do.
We really have to force ourselves sometimes to see things in a positive light – to find the good in things that really don’t appear that way on the surface. If you have to, then try to see conquering your obstacles and problems to continue on to do what you need to do as an exercise that is strengthening you. It is true that if you can learn to overcome the small things that this will help you when you have to overcome something that is really important or substantial.
Believe in yourself and stay positive. Try to focus on the light only and just brush off the rest and keep moving onward! It wasn’t a famous saying, or classic literature, but just a deodorant commercial – however it really stuck and is appropriate to this conversation. “Don’t ever let them see you sweat”.
What are Whys? Whys are the reasons you want to do something. It is important to remember your Whys because they will help to keep you motivated. It is not always easy to start a business especially if you are working a full-time job, have family responsibilities and little ‘extra’ money to work with.
Your Why could be that you want to give your family more than you are able to with just your day job. Your Why could be that you know you are capable of doing more than you are doing now and you enjoy the feeling of gratification or satisfaction when you accomplish more. So both of those sound ‘optional’ or would be categorized as ‘it would be nice’.
Then there may be a Why that is just a driving wish like a new fancy car, a new house or a luxury vacation. These can certainly represent strong Whys but again, they are optional. It all depends on how much you really want something to say how much it will help to motivate you to go that extra mile to achieve it.
However your Why may be more critical such as you cannot meet your commitments and responsibilities unless you have a second income – or a first income if you have lost your job. Or you may have some special need from an emergency that involves medical or other insurance co-pays. You just can’t cover anything extra with your current income.
In some situations you may have no choice but to get a loan of some kind because you need the money right now. Using any kind of credit or loans in a big way is never a good idea and should always be avoided. It is hard to win when you have an albatross around your neck like a huge financial obligation.
…But then you can still develop a way to pay the debt back as fast as possible to minimize the interest going forward. In any case, even if none of these Whys are yours, here is one Why that can cover the whole gamut: Your Why can be that you realize the importance of having savings that you can fall back on in case of an emergency or special need.
This doesn’t have to be endless and you can maybe set benchmarks that you will work hard to save so much and when you reach that point you can spend a little on something nice and ‘optional’. You do deserve a reward for your discipline and hard work. Then go back and start saving again looking forward to the next time you have earned something special!
“Ergonomics is the scientific study of people at work. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks.” http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ergonomics/
What is becoming more and more evident are warnings about the dangers of sitting for long hours. Some of us can’t help it as we sit at computers or desks doing our jobs. However there are ways to mitigate the situation if we will listen to people who tell us to get up and move around at least every hour. This gets your circulation going, and relieves the pressure on your back from being in the same position for long periods.
If you are in denial about this because you don’t feel any pain, it is more than vague ‘back aches’ etc., it is literally killers like heart disease and diabetes that can develop from too much sitting. This seems to be the case even with people who exercise vigorously every day.
To make things worse, you have to add in commute time and TV time to work time, although you would hope reclining would help at least with some things as you are stretched out and more or less relaxed. So in any case there is every reason to get up at least hourly to stretch and walk around, to focus your eyes on something far away, or even to shut them briefly to relax.
It seems that our life style even though we don’t think we are doing anything that is particularly risky behavior can shorten our shelf life unless we take steps to protect ourselves from a myriad of things that can be harmful. This is a good recent article on this subject below:
Certainly those of us who work at home enjoy many freedoms that we might not feel comfortable in exercising if we are working for ‘the man’. It seems apparent that your larger corporations are more cognizant of things like ergonomics as they feel the bite when they have a lot of people out on sick time in addition to normal colds and flu, due to stress and pain. This can represent a massive loss of time and revenue.
Some smaller employers seem to have the attitude that ‘if you don’t like it you can leave’ when it comes to giving anybody extra space, time or resources to improve their health and well-being. They often have more of an attitude that you are being paid and that is all that they are responsible for. It is a very sad day that people have to put up with ogres because they need to put food on the table.
Since home business entrepreneurs are their own boss they should make sure to take care of themselves. This means to have good seating, good lighting, ventilation, etc. and definitely to get up and stretch and if possible walk every hour for a few minutes. Don’t look at it like slacking, look at it like if you get sick who will run your business?