Lazy, Unmotivated or Stupid?

Most business people are lazy, unmotivated, or just plain stupid. Many professional athletes are the same. How else can one explain why so many business people and athletes do the same thing over and over and expect something to change? How else can one explain why so many don’t care if they or their organization (company or team) improves? How else can one explain so little emphasis on improving performance?

Most business people would rather sit back and complain about the state of the economy than really dig deep into what they and their people can do to make things better. Of course, it’s much easier to blame the economy than it is to take responsibility for making changes to improve things.

Many athletes continue to approach their training the same way they have for years, thinking that more of the same will lead to better performance. Many of them think that what got them to where they are now will take them to where they want to be. And in most cases, they’re wrong.

If you do want to make things better, then you’re going to have to dig deep, asking yourself and others what it’s going to take.

If you’re okay with the way things are now, then continue to do what you’re currently doing. But don’t complain.

In the past few months I’ve talked to many business people who want their business to improve. When I ask them what they’re doing to improve it, they talk about what they’re doing to protect it – cut backs, watching spending, and so on. When they talk about an employee who is not performing, I ask them what they’re doing about it. The answer could be defined as wishful thinking.

What’s your strategy for improving your performance and the performance of those around you, on your team, in your organization? If you can’t answer that question, you’re either satisfied with what you’ve got (and shouldn’t complain), lazy, or delusional. Okay, maybe there’s one other option: you don’t know what to do to improve performance. But if that’s the case, there are people who can help you figure it out. But they’re not going to magically appear. Seek them out. Talk to people, tell them what you’re looking for, and ask questions. That’s being proactive.

One of the biggest differences between good performers and superstar performers is that the latter are proactive. They don’t wait for there to be a problem before addressing it. No, they go out of their way to find ways to improve. Constantly.

If you’re satisfied with your performance and the performance of those around you, do nothing. If you think you or others could improve, I challenge you to do something about it. And if you want people to stop complaining about the economy and actually do something about it, I urge you to forward this post on to others and challenge them to effect some change.

Or you could sit back and do nothing… Your choice.

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2 Responses to “Lazy, Unmotivated or Stupid?”

  1. Greg Lund says:

    I’m never satisfied! Status quo is boring!

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