Saturday, August 24, 2013

You Can Do It Today!

I find myself on the edge of a task that I'd really rather not do. It involves recruitment.  I'm afraid. I'm afraid of losing the hope that exists in my list of the people who could say yes. Yet, if I delay too long, it will be too late for anyone to be ready for the task. All week my subconscious has been sabotaging me, thinking up other priority tasks.

But, today is the day. At least today is the day that I will make my start. I have my names and contact information. I have my vision and job description, and yes, I've even prayed. No one may be home. Everyone may say no, but I'm ready.

As a last minute delaying tactic, I googled motivation inspiration for recruiting. I didn't find exactly what I was looking for, but I did find this great poem accredited to Edgar Guest. I found it so helpful that I thought I'd pass it on.


He was going to be all that a mortal should be
No one should be kinder or braver than he
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
Who'd be glad of a lift and who needed it, too;
On him he would call and see what he could do

Each morning he stacked up the letters he'd write
And thought of the folks he would fill with delight
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today,
And hadn't a minute to stop on his way;
More time he would have to give others, he'd say

The greatest of workers this man would have been
The world would have known him, had he ever seen
But the fact is he died and he faded from view,
And all that he left here when living was through
Was a mountain of things he intended to do

So now, I've managed to waste another 15 minutes, but there can be no more delay. Don't wait until tomorrow. I will do it TODAY!

(Edited to Add: My first call, and my most coveted prospect was a YES !  I had to leave messages at the others, but I only need a few people. Now, I'm down to two. SWEET !)


Joy: Thanks! And since I posted this, I got another "yes". Hooray again! It would be better if I got one or two more, but the truth is that if I had to go with what I have, I'd be okay. At least we can start. Maybe more can add on later. :)

And I got another "yes" today. Definitely, have enough to start. The truth is that I wasn't ready to do the recruiting "yesterday." For whatever reason the stars weren't aligned until Saturday. Not an excuse for procrastination, but I think that I'm going to let go of the guilt for not doing it earlier. And maybe, just maybe, I won't psych myself out the next time I have to do something like this. :)

Success can be a tremendous motivator.

Travis: So true. It's also a testament to doing the prep work and not trying to wing it. I admire people who can successfully wing it, but I usually only do it with tons of prep or experience.

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