Monday, February 28, 2011

Hunting for Wabbits

This past weekend I participated in an Indoor Triathlon. Sandy C., the prior winner of this event for several straight years, stated after taking second place, "these are always humbling events".

Each of us challenging ourselves and one another. All trying to better ourselves - that could mean over a prior race, the accomplishment of finishing, the challenge of going against long time favorites, etc. In a many ways, it felt like we are "Hunting for Wabbits" as they used to say on Bugs Bunny. The constant challenge of wanting more and the desire to be better than yesterday. Needless to say there were a lot of fast rabbits that day...I was just one of the dogs chasing the rabbits.

In our professional world, hospitals are very similar. It is that constant journey of challenging ourselves to do better than the day, the week, the year before. As we follow our mission and key strategies, we have a constant tension and balance among the competing priorities - all while staying true to our core purpose.

It made me think of the following article, Enterprise is Better Than Ease by Jim Rohn.

If we are involved in a project, how hard should we work at it? How much time should we put in?

Our philosophy about activity and our attitude about hard work will affect the quality of our lives. What we decide about the rightful ratio of labor to rest will establish a certain work ethic. That work ethic - our attitude about the amount of labor we are willing to commit to future fortune - will determine how substantial or how meager that fortune turns out to be.

Enterprise is always better than ease. Every time we choose to do less than we could, this error in judgment has an effect on our self-confidence. Repeated every day, we soon find ourselves not only doing less than we should, but also being less than we could. The accumulative effect of this error in judgment can be devastating.

Fortunately, it is easy to reverse the process.

Any day we choose we can develop a new discipline of doing rather than neglecting. Every time we choose action over ease or labor over rest, we develop an increasing level of self-worth, self-respect and self-confidence. In the final analysis, it is how we feel about ourselves that provides the greatest reward from any activity. It is not what we get that makes us valuable, it is what we become in the process of doing that brings value into our lives. It is activity that converts human dreams into human reality, and that conversion from idea into actuality gives us a personal value that can come from no other source.

So feel free to not only engage in enterprise, but also to enjoy it to its fullest along with all the benefits that are soon to come!

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