Have you ever thought of your work as a reflection of yourself?
Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve been called a hard worker more than once. Sure, there are occasions where I’m a slacker with the best of them. But I’d say the majority of the time I put my nose to the grind. Things get done, and things get done to the best of my ability.
But before reading Michael Gerber’s “The E-Myth Revisited,” I don’t think I ever consciously realized how my work is a reflection of what’s going on inside of myself.
“The work we do is a reflection of who we are,” wrote Gerber. “If we’re sloppy at it, it’s because we’re sloppy inside. If we’re late at it, it’s because we’re late inside. If we’re bored by it, it’s because we’re bored inside, with ourselves, not with the work. The most menial work can be a piece of art when done by an artist. So the job here is not outside of ourselves, but inside of ourselves. How we do our work becomes a mirror of how we are inside.”
It can be a hard truth to swallow, but the work you do on a daily basis can say more about who you are. Gerber explains that without us, work is passive. But when someone steps in to do the job or accomplish the task, “the impact of the work on the world becomes a reflection of that idea — the idea behind the work — as well as the person doing it … You become the force that breathes life into the idea behind the work.”
I don’t know about you, but I refuse to let my work say I’m sloppy or that I don’t care. I refuse to let it speak badly about me when I pour so much into it. I want to take pride in my work, especially because it can show a lot of people who I truly am. It can be a challenge. Sometimes, I’d rather my work say I’m a professional sleeper who gets 12 hours a night. However, I suppose the best way to think about it is asking myself what legacy I want to leave.
So Affiliate, what does your work say about you? What does your Box and the business you’ve built say about you on the inside? Do you want it to say you are unorganized or unprofessional? Or do you want it to say you are striving for the very best and that you care about the details?
And maybe looking at what your gym says about yourself will bring attention to things you need to work on in your business. I know my work sure reveals self-attributes that need fixing. But, work was never meant to be easy. And starting a Box was never said to be a breeze.
So, if nothing else, take to heart that you, in your entrepreneurial endeavor to open a thriving gym, are changing lives. And if that doesn’t say something quite impressive about what’s on your inside, then I don’t know what will.