Why Does Putting the Shopping Cart Back Matter?

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Have you ever pulled into the only space available and find a shopping cart in it? Have you noticed parking lots filled with carts that could have been put back in the cart return space but were left in your way?

Why does it matter? Just like making your bed everyday this is a self leadership task that sets you up for success. Now people might have the excuse that oh I was in a hurry or it’s somebody else’s job to put those back or I don’t really care. all of those can be refuted. It typically only takes an extra minute to put it back. You are causing somebody else a headache and delaying them when they want to pull into a parking space and there’s a shopping cart there. It could be dangerous or it could damage their car. Yes somebody’s job is to put the shopping carts back but from the cart return area. They’re not paid to run all over the parking lot and pick up all your shopping carts because you were too lazy to put them back.

if your attitude is you really don’t care. That is part of the problem of not working in excellence. If you do things half stepping here you’ll do things half stepping everywhere and if you wonder why your life isn’t completely successful or why certain things aren’t working properly it’s that attitude of I don’t care.

Why is this a pet peeve of mine? I was a military person and we got taught to put things back in their proper place when we were done with them. If the rest of the country would have this type of an attitude maybe some of the other things that are going wrong wouldn’t be going wrong because they would have enough discipline within themselves to take care of the small things which in turn would carryover into the bigger things.

There is a saying that goes how you do one thing is how you do everything. Well this may not be 100% true. However, it is true in most instances. If you make your bed in the morning, if you pick up the trash when you walk past it, if you put the shopping cart back those are a little things that you’ve been successful in completing. It makes it easier to complete bigger things and be more disciplined in your day-to-day life.

Eldonna Lewis Fernandez
Eldonna Lewis Fernandez
Veteran negotiation and contracts expert Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez, author of “Think Like a Negotiator,” has over 30 years of experience crafting killer deals both stateside and internationally, many in excess of $100 million. She’s currently the CEO of Dynamic Vision International — a specialized consulting and training firm that helps individuals hone negotiation skills — as well as a nationally regarded keynote speaker, session leader and panelist on the Art of Negotiation. Eldonna may be reached online at www.EldonnaLewisFernandez.com

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