No matter how much we enjoy the various aspects of our personal and professional lives, some days we just don't want to get out of bed.
You know the feeling when you hit the snooze button for the fifth time. The thought taking a shower and driving to work makes a root canal sound appealing. And the last thing you want to do is to have to happily engage in conversation with coworkers, clients, prospects or any other human (somehow we can always find the energy to talk to the dog). We all have those days.
I will admit, that I don't feel that way too often, but today was one of those days. I have a long list of things I have to get done at work, home and for promoting my book.....but I would rather just sneak off and rent a kayak and spend a few hours paddling along Town Lake.
Yet I know better. While playing hookey might make me feel better in the short term, it wont let me accomplish anything for the day, which will just leave me feeling worse tomorrow.
This is especially true if part of your job function involves business development, networking and promoting the image go your company. When you are not feeling on top of your game, it is easy to push these more social aspects of your job to a lower level of priority. I see this with accountants, lawyers and other professional service firms. They know they should be networking and looking for future business, but they just don't feel up to it, so they hide under the covers of the current client work, repetitively hitting the "snooze button".
But we know that we need to work on cultivating tomorrow's business today, or we could find yourself without anything to do when the current project ends. So if your business developing and networking spirit is up to speed, just do it anyway. Pick up the phone and schedule a lunch meeting or take a client to happy hour. Action will lead to results.
Now, if I can take a client kayaking, that might just be the solution!!!
Have A Great Day.
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