365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles
Day 63. Friday, May 27, 2011
It was roughly 4:45 pm. Everyone is in “vacation” mode because it’s a three day weekend. I met with my associate and asked how confident he felt about the upcoming video we are shooting on Tuesday.
He sighed. “I’m not feeling very good about it,” he said.
I paused. I weighed the options in my head. I took a deep breath and said, “you know—I realize it’s the weekend and you probably have plans with your family. But maybe we should work on Monday (Memorial Day). If it means we will be more prepared for Tuesday, I’m all for it. Because come Tuesday, we will be too stressed with final preparations that creativity will probably go out the window.”
My associate agreed.
So on Monday, a national holiday, we’ll be working—getting final preparations complete for our video on Tuesday.
The Dale Carnegie principle I employed is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Cooperate with the inevitable.
Do the very best you can.
I have been looking forward to a day off. I’ve been pulling some very late nights. There are a variety of art projects I want to work on in my personal time. Heck, I just want to sleep! Having a three day weekend is just what I need. But I am also aware that if we are not prepared for this big shoot on Tuesday—the experience will be very unfortunate, very disappointing. We must do our best. And to do our best we must work on Monday.
There is no use griping, complaining, weaseling out of or pretending that “things will work out” without actually putting forth the necessary effort to ensure things will indeed work out. And as disappointing or irritating it is to have to sacrifice a much needed day off—in the end the organization will be better off for having prepared.
When you accept the inevitable, you don’t waste your energy on negativity. Instead you focus on the tasks that need to get done and in the long run you will be a better person for it.
(Full disclosure—this day by no stretch of the imagination was easy. Even the Smiling Daffodil for all her efforts continues to struggle. However, I can take a day off any day I choose. So it’s not a complete loss. Again, the goal is to minimize stress on Tuesday. Place your bets now….)