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October 23, 2009
Getting and Staying Motivated
 
 


I arrived at my office this last Monday bright and early at 7:20 am.  After stopping by our office kitchen to make a cup of peppermint tea, I sat down at my desk only to find 216 e-mails in my mailbox,.a stack of mail on my keyboard and several reminder notes that I had written to myself on Friday.  I had several meetings on my schedule for that day.and to top it off.  I still needed to write Monday’s Blog...

It probably appeared to the "fly on my office wall" that this was an overwhelming situation for a Monday morning.  Maybe it was best if I had just packed up my things...gone back home...and jump back into my bed...

How many times in our lives do we feel the same way?...overwhelmed...no "me" time...stressed...

The best way I’ve found to get motivated...is to take a deep breath...a sip of warm tea...and actually start working...

Motivation and later accomplishment comes from actually doing...not thinking about doing...

Now it helps that I absolutely love my job...I find that one of the best things about being an entrepreneur is that I get to do something I love while being surrounded by the people I want to work with...most people don’t necessarily have this luxury...

...but it doesn’t matter what job you or I have...it’s all about our attitude toward our jobs that really matters at the end of the day (or the beginning of the day for that matter)... sometimes people don’t need a new job...they need a new attitude...

Lucky Cartoon

Back to my desk...I start going through my e-mails...much of the mail is spam...cc’s...reminders...newsletters I subscribe to...and about 10 important items that need a response...not too bad...in 10 minutes time I was able to pared down 216 e-mails to 10...and 10 doesn’t seem so impossible to tackle...

Noting the clock...I figure I need to call the people on the East Coast before they go to lunch at 9 am, my time...several phone calls later I’m now free to begin the blog...oops...now my desk phone phone rings...and then another call...and then my cell phone rings...co-workers at the door looking for answers to questions...endless interruptions...

So many times in our lives...the interruptions take precedence over the important...taking work calls when you’re having a "date night" with your spouse...or taking personal phone calls at work instead of completing an overdo  sales report...reading the breaking new update about Jon & Kate on MSNBC instead of calling that customer back with price and delivery...chatting with a co-worker who stopped by your office to discuss their weekend travel plans with you while next week’s sales appointments go unmade...

After fighting with the "time bandits" I finally complete the blog and send it out...I look up at the clock and it’s already noon...

Quickly glancing at my notes...I start calling and e-mailing people in different time zones as to catch them before the day is over for them...

It’s now 2 pm...my stomach is growling for its forgotten lunch...so I go to the kitchen for a quick sandwich and bowl of soup...bringing my lunch back to my desk...there I can read through some of the newsletters and blogs I get each day...these tools help me to prepare myself for the changing world as I try to stay ahead of my competition and explore new ideas that will allow OptiFuse to grow and prosper...

Our weekly operations / sales meeting begins promptly at 3 pm and lasts a full hour.  Some good news (several new small customers)...some bad news (some production delays)...some horrible news (we just learned of a sizable customer who just declared bankruptcy...fortunately not owing us a lot of money...but there is still the loss of their future sales)...

Good and bad things happen to us each and every day...in the end though...it’s not what happens to us...but rather how we react to it that ultimately defines our character...

It would have been easy for me to knock off at 4:30...it had been a productive day...why not go off and get an early start on Monday night football...it was of course the Chargers versus Denver!...

Then I got the thinking about how many people still needed answers from me first thing on Tuesday...a sense of responsibility overcame me as I continued to work through the end of the day...not because I had to...but rather because I believe that my ultimate success comes from the hard work of others...therefore it’s my responsibility to allow other to be in the position succeed...they needed answers from me in order for them to succeed...it’s up to me...

When someday I look back at my life...I want it all to matter...
  • When I love the work I do and the people I do it with, I matter.
  • When I am so gracious and generous and aware that I think of other people before myself, I matter.
  • When I leave the world a better place than I found it, I matter.
  • When I continue to raise the bar on what I do and how I do it, I matter.
  • When I forgive before I rush to judge and demean, I matter.
  • When I touch the people in my life through my actions (and my words), I matter.
  • When my kids grow up wanting to be like me, I matter.
  • When I see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, I matter.
  • When I try to inspire others to do better, I matter
  • And when the legacy I leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, I matter.
After 5 pm on the west coast, the day is beginning at our facilities in Taiwan.  The next 2 hours are spent with production personnel and suppliers reviewing deliveries and various projects.

Finally at 7 pm it’s time to go home where I can spend time with my loved ones.  On my drive home, it makes feel good inside knowing all the things that were accomplished that day. 

Success motivates me to want to come back the next day and the day after that to do it all over again...it is the end of the day...and I feel I do matter...

Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best:

"Life is a journey...not a destination".

I hope you enjoy your life...or at least your weekend...

Thank you very much for supporting OptiFuse as we attempt to create awareness around us...


Jim Kalb
President
OptiFuse
jimk@optifuse.com

 

 
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