I had to get a cavity filled at the dentist’s office today. The cavity was located between two teeth that had a bit of a space between them, and it turns out that food had been getting stuck there, and eventually decay set in.
It was a rough filling. I tend to need more anesthesia than most people, and even with a few shots, I could still feel a fair amount of the drilling. Not only that, but a lifelong case of TMJ gives me a limited opening of the jaw, so my poor dentist struggled to get in there, while I struggled against the muscle spasms that resulted from forcing my mouth to open wide.
Ninety minutes after I walked in, I finally walked out…my lips numb and drooling, my jaw aching, and my wallet $180 lighter.
I’ve always loved the irony of paying to be tortured! But the truth is that the work needed to be done, and since I was unwilling to the take the small, inexpensive, consistent step of flossing in that trouble spot daily on my own, I had to turn to a professional to repair the damage, and cost me more money, time, and discomfort in the long run.
Where in your life or business are you neglecting the small, incremental, consistent steps that it takes to makes progress and be successful? Where are you lacking habits and systems that take a little bit of effort now for big payoff down the road?
Take an inventory of the activities that you put off, dread, hate, fear, gloss over, or completely ignore. Then choose ONE that you really want to be a grown up about. Commit to taking care of that issue in a consistent way for the next 3 weeks. At the end of the 3 weeks, decide if you can add another activity to your efforts or whether you need to spend a bit more time getting the first one in order. At this point, you might also realize that delegating or outsourcing the task is the best choice. Who cares who does it, as long as it gets done, right?
Don’t let your business or your personal life suffer from decay. Don’t wait until you have to repair damage to take action. Small, daily steps are wise!