We are all busy people. Even the people who aren’t busy tend to claim how busy they are (ironically they’re usually the worst offenders but that’s another story).
So there are often times in your life that will arise where you are asked to go somewhere, do something, be with someone etc that you may not want to do.
There are 3 situations that can occur:
- Times where you want to do it,
- Times where you need to say no (a learned skill) and not do it,
- Times where you have to bite the bullet and just do it because it means something to someone that means something to you.
This last happened to me last night.
This week, I am doing some ‘searching’ and spending some time to develop myself and work on my own business(es).
I have a big week planned and want to get as many major projects developed and off the ground as I can.
My friend, who started a ‘comedy room’ 3 years ago from scratch had planned on having the support of around 15-20 guys from our circle of friends come down for his comedy night’s 3rd birthday.
Unfortunately due to poor timing, many of them couldn’t make it last minute as they were away on business and out of town.
The night was a big deal to my friend who has been grinding hard and really putting in work for the last 3 years, which I can relate to and respect. He has done an amazing job.
I enjoy comedy, but I really wanted to get some crucial notes done for some of my latest work. I had been thinking of cancelling, but as I said I was going to go, I had to keep my promise and wasn’t going to break it…or was I?
So I was busy working away, and realised it was time that I should head down to the comedy club.
I didn’t have any mates that I knew were going so I wasn’t overly enthusiastic, but again, a promise is a promise.
Once there, to my surprise, I did actually have a couple of mates there that I know through the gym world along with the room being packed with around 100-150 people.
I sought out my mate who was running the night and said hello. He was immediately appreciative of my support (and everyone else that came).
I realised at this point that I may just be one person, but there were also 150 others in the room that were showing their support in some way, shape or form. Whether that be to the new comedians, the bar staff, the business owner, the DJ or the comedy night owner.
Support is an amazing thing. You don’t truly realise how much it means until someone authentically supports you. Just having loved ones and friends there makes the activity much more enjoyable.
I’ve always loved seeing that in full effect. Someone putting themselves on the line, like reeling off jokes and comedy in front of a group of mostly random strangers takes HUGE GUTS. Seeing their support crew clap, laugh and simply show up and be seen means the world to the person putting themselves out there.
and you know what? When I was down there, I had a damn good laugh. The comedians were very funny and it was an hour well spent and meant the world to my mate who ran the comedy night.
It was also great to see just how much he had grown and progressed since he first started promoting over 3 years ago.
So next time you might not want to do something, put your own wants to the back of your mind and take a look at what it might mean to the person who you’re supporting.
Have they supported you before? Will they support you in the future?
Then make the decision.