Okay, okay…so I’m not exactly Dr. Phil. However, for a few brief paragraphs I’m going to anoint myself as Dr. Bill. As Lucy might say to Linus, “The Doctor is In!” No degree. No fancy television show. No groupies. But a boat load of common sense in what I’m about to suggest.
Recently I attended a three-day spiritually-based seminar in which we discussed tenants from the Beatitudes urging us to purge ourselves of grudges and resentments. We were asked to write then down, whether the degree of hurt ranged from slightly irritating to overwhelming. There were two objectives:
1.) Share what we wrote with one trusted person from the group, who would in turn would share his/her list with you
2.) The seminar leader had a stack of rocks in back of her riverside home, weighing from a few ounces to several pounds. We had to choose a rock from the pile for each hurt and carry it around in one of those ‘green’ grocery bags that you can buy for a buck. We were instructed to carry that bag of rocks around with us throughout the seminar until we were truly ready to unburden ourselves from each hurt by hurling each and every stone into the river. Once that stone was thrown—the assignment was to, as my ex-New York buddy John Ingrisano says, “Fuggit about it!”
The results were amazing. Some people had one tiny rock and several carried a dozen. Since participants came from all over the country, and were instructed to carry them until we were truly ready to get rid of the hurt once and for all, it meant that they might have to stick some rocks into their respective suitcases and haul them back to California, Virginia, or Texas. With the cost of luggage on airplanes, it could be an expensive proposition.
Therefore, two options were offered: a.) Get about this forgiving business right away; or b.) Leave the rocks at our seminar location, but finish the project at home in some decisive manner. One alternative recommended was to deposit each hurt into a shredder in our home or office.
So how does all of this have an effect on you as an entrepreneur?
Dr. Bill recommends the following:
It is easy for all of us to get distracted in our daily work activities by that complicated issue known as LIFE! You are human. You have fears and hang-ups and resentments and past hurts and prejudices and scores to settle and problems. In order to not let these distractions get in the way of your work day, I suggest that you, for 30 days in a row, write your woes on a piece of scratch paper and run it through the shredder. Let the transaction be your version of throwing a rock into the river. Do it as many days in a row as necessary—but each day let the act represent freedom from whatever has been bugging you.
When those burdens are shredded each morning, you’ll have nothing to concentrate on but being the most effective and efficient entrepreneur on the planet!
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