The words “It’s not personal, it’s just business” are all too common. I’ve had them used to me, my staff and friends. And I’ve often read them in the media.
The reality is, of course, that all business is personal.
Every interaction we have with another human being is personal, founded on human to human relationships. When we start to think that “it’s just business” takes priority over personal, as a human and leader we have failed.
Of course we can and must make business decisions. But as soon as we talk to the people who are impacted by the decision, we need to remember, it becomes very personal to them.
If you find yourself about to utter the words “It’s not personal. It’s just business”, then please pause for a moment…
Look the other person in the eye, and realize it’s probably personal for them!
Then … adjust accordingly.
I didn’t want to run. Not a single bone in my body felt like venturing out into the dark cold winters morning to exercise.
Luckily, I have some well-rehearsed steps to get me motivated:
- Get what I need | I get dressed and lace up my running shoes.
- Step Out | I step out the door.
- Take Steps | I take steps in the right direction and repeat.
- Finish | And eventually and after a few thousand steps I finish! And the soak, not in sweat, but in the sweet high of endorphins that comes from finishing.
Clearly, this is not really a post about running.
It’s about motivation.
It’s about that task or project you have been putting off.
Often the times we least feel like it, are the very times that we need create motivation.
Get what you need.
And take the first small slow step.
Motivation is not something you have, or feel.
Motivation is something you create.
Motivation is something you do.