Enthusiasm gets us unstuck
Don, plant superintendent for a apple chip processing company in Yakima, Washington, told Session 7B of the Leadership Development Lab:
"Over 2½ years ago, I parked the 1969 CJ5 Jeep my son and I were restoring. We had run into some technical problems with the restoration of the dash instruments. The restoration was supposed to be a project that my 16-year old son and I could work on together. We started out with a lot of ambition, but eventually procrastination overcame enthusiasm and the project came to a complete stop. After we stopped, it became easier to make an excuse about why we couldnít work on the Jeep than to do anything on the project, so eventually we just gave up. So that is where itís been for the past 30 months until Session 3 of the Turbo Leadership Lab. When we received our red dot at Session 3, along with a reminder and challenge to apply 5X more enthusiasm to a project we had been procrastinating on, a project that we had set aside, our Jeep project jumped to mind. In the excitement of the moment, I knew this was what I wanted to tackle.
"I determined before I left Session 3 that I would apply 5X more enthusiasm to the Jeep dash project. In less than 3 weeks, my son and I have installed the new diamond plate dash, wired and tested all the new gauges, installed a great stereo, CB radio, and an auxiliary power hookup. We are now making new brackets for our bucket seats and completing the installation of new roll bar tail lights. We anticipate having
the Jeep back on the road in the next couple of weeks!" Don made this report at Session 7. Three weeks later, Don drove his newly restored Jeep to the Session 10 graduation of his Leadership Lab. I wish you could have heard his fellow Lab members applaud when he told us how he had gotten to class that night.
Don said, "The lesson I learned from this experience is that when I procrastinate on a project, it benefits no one. I set a poor example for those I am supposed to lead, for those who follow me. The action I call you to take is to resist the natural temptation to procrastinate. Honestly add 5X more enthusiasm to any project, big or small, that you have been stuck on. 5X is like the winch on the front of our Jeep, and it will pull you out of the deepest rut, get you started again, no matter how stuck you have been. Start today. The benefit you will gain is satisfaction of a job well done. You will have the added satisfaction and pride of knowing that you are a great, positive example for others to follow."
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