A landscape gardener ran a business that had been in the family for two or three generations. The staff were happy and customers loved to visit.
For as long as anyone could remember, the current owner and previous generations of owners were extremely positive, happy people. Most people assumed it was because they ran a successful business.
However, it was the other way around.
This business had a tradition where the owner always wore this huge badge saying, "Business is great!" The business was indeed generally great although it went through tough times like any other, but what never changed was the owner's attitude and the badge saying, "Business is great!"
Everyone who saw the badge for the first time invariably asked, "What's so great about business?" Sometimes people would also comment that their own business was miserable or that they were personally miserable or stressed.
The Business is Great! badge tended to start a conversation which involved the owner chattering extensively about numerous positive aspects of the business. No matter how miserable a person was, they would end up feeling a lot happier after just a couple of minutes … simply through listening to this onslaught of infectious enthusiasm and positivity.
With a Business is Great! attitude like this, the gardening business achieved a self-fulfilling prophecy … because the badge came first, the great business followed.
Let's transfer this back to you and your Fly-in Fly-out circumstances. There are positive bits and negative bits. All too often it's easy to focus on the negative … to magnify it and amplify it.
How about we try something different this week? Give it a go. Just one week.
- Wake and think, "FIFO is great" and list - off the top of your head - all the reasons why.
- When you're chatting with your family and friends – and they ask how you’re going - answer "FIFO is great." Then list a few of the reasons why.
- At bedtime, think “FIFO is great”, and list a couple of reasons why.
Follow this process for one week & stay in the head space….
FIFO is great!