Gail Kasper is an Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker
First of all, if you are not physically fit, snow shoveling is not for you. DON’T DO IT! It can strain your heart and back and you must consult your physician before picking up the shovel.
Now on the other hand, if you’ve gotten the thumbs up from the doc and you’re in great shape, you still might find yourself staring outside the window into the endless white horizon hoping that the temperature will rise enough to melt Mr. Winter away. So I ask, “What type of snow shoveler are you?”
Maybe it’s an odd question, but your response will likely determine how quickly and efficiently you’ll complete the job. Think about it. If you approach snow shoveling with an emotional response, chances are it’ll work against you. Emotional responders view the job with an attitude of, “I really don’t want to do this.” So what happens?
One of two things. The thought drags you down and causes you to procrastinate, putting it off until the last possible moment. Progress is agonizingly slow because the “I don’t want to” mentality weighs you down at every step. The second possible outcome is that the thought pushes you to get the task done as fast as possible just to get it out of the way. But with snow shoveling, this is not a realistic goal. The result will be overexertion and a sloppy, half-done job.
Shoveling snow requires commitment to the task. It requires pacing yourself – not too slow, not too fast. This way, you won’t drag it out too long or tire out too soon. The efficient snow shoveler approaches the task with a logical response. If you’ve learned about my Systematic Attitude Development-Technique™ (SAD-T™), my proven process for achieving goals, you’ll know what I’m talking about. An emotional response sabotages progress, but a logical response provides a plan, a roadmap, to get you from start to finish in a timely manner, without draining your energy in the process.
No matter how much there is to clean, it’s still a finite amount. With a logical response, you break up the job into steps. You assign a length of time for each step. You include breaks in your plan. You begin at Step 1. When that’s complete, you move to Step 2, and so on, through all of the steps you’ve outlined until the job is done. This systematic logical approach is so much better than the hit-and-miss emotional response.
Of course, I’m talking about much more than snow removal. The logical approach wins every time, in any job, large or small, at home or at work. Keep this in mind the next time you’re shoveling snow. In this job, as in any, the right attitude makes a world of difference.
About Gail Kasper: Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, in the middle of bankruptcy, with no money in the bank. Today, Gail is one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, a television host, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development-Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. The current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award-winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com
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