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Not The Boss Of Me! – Why I Don’t Let My “Boss” Dictate My Actions

“You’ll never get rich by working for your boss.”

– Felix Dennis

Whenever I’m not keeping myself busy with my day to day doings I spend about an hour and a half simply thinking.

Thinking about what I’d like to have done by a certain day, an idea or problem that’s been on my mind.

I put aside and take the time to do this despite not necessarily making any progress.

However, there’s someone with me who doesn’t like this even a bit.

This is my boss.

He doesn’t intend to be mean but he keeps telling me things like: “What are you doing just sitting there? You should be working!”

I politely acknowledge his presence and continue going about my business.

A little bit later he comes back and says: “Look at all that needs to get done. Time is of the essence. I’m serious, mister! Now hop to it!”

Again, I ignore this.

Soon he starts telling me how pointless my attempts at ignoring him are, what poor work morale I must have, and so on.

Now, if I would’ve had to deal with this boss in an office I would’ve quit a long time ago. Unfortunately, I can’t complain to HR or quit.

The boss is in me.

Walking AwayDon’t I turn my back on… Eh… Me?

These thoughts come to me whether I want them or not. Try as I might to steer them towards something positive, they still come back.

With time, practice, and patience it’s become much easier to deal with them.

That’s the difference.

No longer do I fight or ignore them. I simply let them pass. After a while they fade into the background and I can focus on the task at hand.

Back when I allowed these thoughts to direct my actions I was oddly enough less productive. I kept at the busy work rather than plan ahead or reflect on how certain tasks could be either improved, outsourced, or eliminated.

Once I’d gotten into the habit of setting aside time to do this new possibilities opened up and started getting better results.

Was it easy? No. Did it go fast? No. Was it worth the hassle? Yes!

Let’s look at that Felix Dennis quote again.

“You’ll never get rich by working for your boss.”

Now, not everybody has the goal of getting rich.

However, if we substitute “rich” to whatever it is we really want out of life, we can see that our “bosses” don’t always have our best interests in mind.

They want to get out of that temporary discomfort. We in turn don’t need to let our temporary thoughts and feelings dictate how we act.

If we can just sit through the discomfort we’ll get there a lot faster than by listening to our “boss”.

What are some of the things your boss is telling you that distract you from what you’re trying to accomplish?

Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!

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