No no no

“They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, ‘no, no, no’.” Why are we sometimes reluctant to do things we know are good for us? Reluctance, an unwillingness or disinclination to do something, is the cousin of denial. Amy Winehouse taught us an important lesson that reluctance comes with a price. For her, Rehab ironically turned out to be a sad autobiographical song.

Reluctance’s synonyms spell out THUD, an analogous acronym of stopping all forward movement. Hitting a wall of progress. A barrier to advancement. A sudden stop of forward momentum. How frequently and how much effort do you spend to improve productivity in your valuation firm?

  • Trepidation
  • Hesitation
  • Unwillingness
  • Doubts

So what helps with reluctance? Mushin. A zen expression meaning “no mind.” Not a mindless attitude, but rather ongoing practice to create a natural reaction or instinct. Typically mushin is associated with martial arts, but there’s many personal and professional applications. The goal is to have your mind in a state of flowing, learning and practicing. Over and over.

Working on our mental state starts with noticing those around you. Are they negative or optimistic? Do they throw up barriers to new business ideas or do they encourage? You are who you hang out with. Hang out with people that party, you will likely party. Hang out with those that love to exercise, then you’ll likely to be in great shape.

Look around your office. Who’s there? Reluctant appraisers that won’t adopt new ideas? If so, their “no no no” is costing you a lot. In money, time and potentially reputation. For appraisers not fully participating with productivity, including software solutions, these may resonate:

  • “There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance.” Jean Racine
  • “Reluctance devalues aptitude.” Munia Khan
  • “A simple job becomes hard when you do it half-heartedly.” Amit Kalantri

Break the chains and leave your halfway house of stalled office improvements. There’s so many different things you can do to move your office culture forward. Lots of resources, in-person and on-line. Numerous coaches and mentors to access for guidance, but only if you’re looking.

Unwind your mind that appraising can be fun again with mushin, creating a natural practiced optimistic attitude. This will lead to a “flow” of new processes that will substantially improve your appraisal product and its delivery, not to mention your staff’s happiness. As a valuation artist, avoid the THUD. Find your productivity mojo.

Ms. Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23, 2011. Reluctance…no no no.