Friday, October 3, 2008

Go Animal House!

If you’ve seen the movie Animal House (and if you haven’t put this book down right now and go rent it!) you know that the Deltas’ answer to any challenge to their fraternity was….action! The dean puts them on double-secret probation so what do they do? Road trip! Get their charter revoked what do they do? Terrorize the homecoming parade!

While I don’t condone their methods I love their bias for action.

The ability to take action, to get started…on anything… is power at work.

Let’s go to science class for just a moment. According to any resource about Sir Isaac Newton his first law of motion is, “An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an external and unbalanced force. An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an external and unbalanced force.”

In your Perfect Day evidence of Newton’s First Law can be found in you and your co-workers, clients and family. Unless you apply some external force (i.e. motivation, rewards, punishments) it can be hard to get yourself and others moving to get anything done.

However, the great thing about the First Law is the second sentence. Once you get moving it is much easier to keep moving.

Whatever it takes to get yourself moving, do it! Get Started!

Take small bites of a big project, do one thing a day, go for a short walk instead of running a mile, make one phone call. Just as in health and fitness the ELMO Rule (Every Little Movement) works.

And remember, nothing gets done on the back row. I present seminars and when some of the early arrivers go straight to the back row I pull them forward. Sitting on the back row encourages disengagement. Some of them use the silly excuse, “We’re Baptists, we always sit on the back pew.” As a minister once told me, “Nothing good happens on the back pew.”

Take a tip from the Deltas, get moving.

If you don't have plans for the weekend go out and rent Animal House. It's hard to watch that movie and not want to do something a little wild. Have a great weekend!

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