Posted By Aaron Marcelli on April 17, 2012
I have a bad habit of “checking out.” If I’m not interested in the conversation or activities at hand my mind easily wanders. I may still be making eye contact and even giving the occasional nod of agreement, but mentally I am a million miles away.
What’s dangerous is that I’ve learned that in many occasions I can get by in my checked out state. I can be at work, hanging out with friends or even in a conversation with my wife and not be found out or have a catastrophe occur as a result of my mind-drifty-ness. But is getting by really what I want out of life?
Our best work happens when we are present and engaged. And even if sometimes getting to that place of engagement is work in itself, it is work that will pay off.
We don’t stumble into success yawning and daydreaming along the way. Even if you are currently in a work or social situation you do not enjoy, it is most likely your attentiveness and diligence in that situation that will get you noticed and moved on in the direction you desire.
If you are faithful with a little you will be given more. I think that applies to mundane work and unappealing tasks. So be present. Be engaged. Contribute. Care. It will be those qualities that will take you further than your desire to just scrape by.