Steps to Management Success – Step 88: Face Unpleasant Tasks Head-On

Written By Rick Frishman Published April 7th, 2010


Face Unpleasant Tasks Head-On

There is a natural tendency to put off doing the difficult or the unpleasant task—but that task is sometimes the thing you need to do most.

WHAT IT MEANS: Maybe you’ve heard this too—that what separates the winners from the also-rans is that the winners do what they have to do, whereas the less successful focus more on doing what they want to do. Sure, it’s a lot more fun attending to those things that are more exciting or intellectually stimulating—or just about anything that doesn’t send your stomach churning into a tailspin—but that’s why they call it “work.” Problems generally don’t go away by themselves. More often than not, they tend to fester and grow. The earlier you can identify and resolve the problem—no matter how unpleasant—the sooner you won’t be haunted by it. And, as with most things in life, you’ll get more emotionally and psychologically resilient with practice.

ACTION PLAN: Identify two or three problems or situations that you’ve been putting off due to your own resistance in dealing with them. Decide on a course of action. Then make sure to cross at least one related thing-to-do off your list—today

EVEN BETTER: Become more sensitive to your own resistance to the “un-fun” parts of your job. Identifying your resistance is a good first step toward getting out of your own way, and it will help make you a much more productive and effective manager. It’s been said that sometimes you have to get uncomfortable to get comfortable—and it’s true!

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)

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