1 spartansMy mom use to tell me, “Idle hands are the devils workshop”.  Honestly, I never really knew what it meant.  Obviously, now I have a little better understanding.  

Why is it when we get anxious about something we tend to stop working, or when we are unsure we shut down?

In the book Gates of Fire there is a speech that King Leonidas gives his Generals before the big battle.  It was the same battle that was the plot of the movie 300.

Here are a few snippets from his speech…..

“Keep your men busy. If there is no work, make it up , for when soldiers have time to talk, their talk turns to fear. Action, on the other hand, produces the appetite for more action.”

War is work, not mystery. The king confined his instructions to the practical, prescribing actions which could be taken physically, rather than seeking to produce a state of mind, which he knew would evaporate as soon as the commanders dispersed beyond the fortifying light of the king’s fire.

“Look to your grooming, gentlemen. Keep your hair, hands and feet clean. Eat , if you have to choke it down. Sleep, or pretend to. Don’t let your men see you toss. If bad news comes, relay it first to those in grade above you, never directly to your men. Instruct your squires to buff each man’s aspis to its most brilliant sheen. I want to see shields flashing like mirrors, for this sight strikes terror into the enemy. Leave time for your men to sharpen their spears, for he who whets his steel whets his courage.”

Action Produces an Appetite For More Action

When you are having doubts about your business – get busy.  If life has you feeling down – get busy.

Whatever is going on in your world;

  • if you need a new perspective on a situation,
  • if you have to make a change,
  • if you feel like the walls are caving in…..

you will find answers when you get to work.

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