Motivational Monday: You have to do the hard things

I do enjoy reading the thoughts of great business leaders, agriculture bloggers or an inspirational book. One of my favorite bloggers is Lee Cockerell. Cockerell is the former executive vice president of operations for Walt Disney World Resorts. He runs a blog and I have several of his books on my to-do “wish list” talking about leadership and creating that Disney magic.

Today, Cockerell posted a blog about doing the hard things for success. The 19 item list comes from Dan Waldschmit, a business strategist and speaker.

Below are Waldschmidt’s list on what it takes to be successful. While this has been designed for businesses, many of these same principles can be applied to our work as Grange youth, Grange young adults or Grange youth/young adult program leaders. My challenge is to select a couple to apply to your Grange work this year.

Let me know what ones you select, and how you will answer the challenge. Several responses could be selected for a future blog posting.

You Have To Do The Hard Things.

  1. You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
  2. You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
  3. You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  4. You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  5. You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
  6. You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
  7. You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
  8. You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
  9. You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
  10. You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.
  11. You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
  12. You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts”.
  13. You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
  14. You have try and fail and try again.
  15. You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
  16. You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
  17. You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
  18. You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
  19. You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

“The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on,” Waldschmit says, “Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

“The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you. Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.”

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