Start With Turning on the Faucet

I have all sorts of blog ideas stuck in my head and some I’ve even put in draft form, but I just haven’t written a full one in a while. I have time blocked out every evening to write, but every evening I find something else to do and move the calendar slot to the next night. I love writing but for some reason, I am fantastic at procrastinating when it comes to writing.

I just got an email from IMPACT and it was a list of quotes to get someone past the writers block. This one in particular, got me motivated enough to writing something. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour, Author.

Everything I write doesn’t have to be perfect, ground breaking or even interesting to everyone. I have to accept that and move on. As I write this, I realized that the same thing applies to my relationships to my partners, coworkers, friend and family. You don’t have to have a reason to talk to someone, just talk. Start by saying “Hi, how are you?” or “Hi, how was your weekend?” and the water will flow.

We get so caught up in our daily to do list that sometimes we forget to be human. I have to talk to this person about this, and that person about that. How about talking to someone just because you want to, not because you need to? Crazy concept, but when you go to someone for the heck of it and not because you need something, you might actually build a two-way relationship and get a lot more out of the conversation than you ever thought you would. Stop thinking about what you need from someone and start thinking about him or her. People aren’t action items, so make sure not to always treat them that way.

Turn the faucet on and the water will flow, relationships will build and in the end you’ll get all the water you need.

Check out the IMPACT blog here which will give you some quotes to get you writing…it worked for me.

It’s the thought that counts right?

About a month ago I had one of my Sales guys forward me an email from one of his customers. The customer had previously requested for an article he was highlighted in, to be framed and sent to him. The Sales guy had either forgotten about the request or meant to do it but hadn’t gotten around to it. Either way, the request was sent to me.

I was able to track down the copy of the article (after the magazine sent me a copy of the right month but wrong year) and brought it in to be framed for the customer. Because of the size of the article – 9 pages – it was a huge job that had to be custom made. After about a week and a half and a few hundred dollars, the article was ready to be picked up.

It then sat inconspicuously in the cube next to mine for about two weeks. Ughing over the fact that I had to find a way to ship this monstrosity (3 feet by 4 feet and 24lbs), I put it on the back burner secretly hoping that it would find a way to pack and ship itself.

Finally realizing that it was collecting cob webs, I brought it to a local shipping store, spent another hundred dollars to get it packed up and a few hundred more to get it shipped to the customer by end of the week. I was finally happy that it was in the mail and was even getting congratulations from co-workers.

Anxious to see what the customer thought of it, I went online and saw that it was delivered and signed for on Friday. I sent the customer an email this morning to make sure that he had received it. He did – and the glass was shattered. My customer was checking to see if the actual article had been torn too.

After spending close to $1,000 and having the customer wait about a year (from the initial request) the beautiful, gigantic article was ruined. Was it worth it? At this point it’s anyone’s guess.