Coaching legend Tom Landry once said:

“The job of a football coach is to make men do what they don’t want to do, in order to achieve what they’ve always wanted to be.”

It’s also said that successful people become successful by doing the little things that average people don’t want to do.

In your work there are probably a few little things that you don’t want to do today: tasks that should be done, but don’t have to be done — at least not yet.

Though the items on your don’t-want-to-do list change from day-to-day, most likely they all have one thing in common: none of them are impossible. They’re all do-able, with just a little bit of effort.

They also have another thing in common: by ignoring them, we short-change ourselves.

We don’t like to call this type of delay by its proper name, but Solomon doesn’t hesitate to:

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. (Proverbs 10:4)

For many, this dreaded “L” word is all that stands between them and their goals.

Remember that’s not a mountain in front of you. It’s just a hill. A small, tedious, but completely-climbable, ultimately-conquerable hill.

Challenge yourself and your team today to make a don’t-want-to-do list — and tackle these items first, one-by-one. Then see what happens.

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