“If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.” – Kevin Spacey
You’re running across the lobby to catch the elevator. If you don’t make this one you’ll have to wait for a few minutes, and you might be missing a great shot. The doors are almost closed when someone reaches out and holds the elevator for you.
What do you do?
You look inside and see all the people and tell yourself “It’s crowded, i’ll just wait for the next one”. The person holding the door smiles and says: “Don’t worry, there’s room for you too”. Still, you take a step back and put on a forced smile while the doors shut.
You stand there and wait. On the way down the elevator stops between floors. Maintenance puts up an “Out Of Order”-sign and you have to take the stairs.
We tell ourselves the story: “If it’s meant to be it’s meant to be”. The truth is that we make choices. For better or worse. If you really want to catch that elevator you do it no matter what.
Look at what you’re saying no to. If you’re saying no and making excuses you’re doing it wrong. If you’re saying no and giving reasons you’re doing it right. Check out the post on excuses and reasons.
Now think about the people in the elevator. Are they people that share your path? People you wouldn’t mind sharing an elevator with? Regardless if it’s just up a couple of floors or all the way to the top?
If you’ve done something like this before it’s ok. Let’s say you didn’t know any better. Now you do. Next time, are you going to just stand there in the lobby waiting or are you going to cram yourself in there and go to the top floor?
But that’s not the way it goes.
After the doors close they open up again. The same person is looking straight into your eyes and asks: “Are you sure you don’t want to come along?”.