“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”- Og Mandino, motivational writer
Yes, what you do today, will be your results tomorrow. What you plant today, you will harvest tomorrow. What you think about today, will be your reality tomorrow. If you work hard today, you will play VERY hard tomorrow.
In whatever you do, it is important to be the best. It is also very important to learn and enjoy what you are doing. Don’t focus on the result, focus on the process. It is equally important to do your best, no matter how difficult. Most of us do what we do without really putting everything into it. We are not FULLY committed to what we do. As a result, we always get partial, not full results. To be successful at what you do, invest everything you get into it. Invest your total time. Invest your 100% energy into it. Invest your knowledge and money into it. Remember, you get out what you put into something. If you invest half of your resources, the results will be the same.
You can be better at what you do. It will not happen overnight. So the REAL question is, “How can you be your best at what you do?”
How Can You Be Your Best?
The following are some strategies that will help you be your best:
Do more work than anyone: when you are given something to do, make sure you do more than you are expected to do. Doing more will stretch your brainpower. It will draw you closer to your boss, managers, and your coworkers. It will make you love what you are doing. Always find a way to do more. If you do a great job, you will get a great result. If you do an average job, you will get an average result.Period. Rumi said, “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses: A lot of people are not successful because they spend their time dwelling on what they cannot do. What a pity! Change your mind. Change your thoughts, your life will change. Nothing will change, until you change. To be successful, dwell on what you can do, not what you cannot do.
Be Patient: success doesn’t happen overnight. It is accumulation of efforts that happened over a long period of time. It takes time to be great at what you do. Be patient. According to W. Clement Stone, “Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.” To add to that, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.” Nature is not in a hurry, but gets everything done.
Don’t be comfortable: most people struggle to live a good life, because they “settle for less.” They settle quickly after they have achieved small success. Remember, what you have now is not enough, there are more things out there waiting for you. Complacency is not a solution, it is a disease.
“Complacency is not a solution, it is a disease.”
Be curious: when you are curious, it opens another door that you didn’t know existed before. Curiosity allows you to question the status quo. It fills your mind with the right food- things to think about. People that have achieved great things were curious. People that are doing great things are curious people. They love asking great questions. They ask great questions. They are not satisfied with the system. They question the system.
Be Courageous: without courage, fear will cripple us. We need courage to survive our everyday life’s battles. We need courage to break the bone of fear. Mark Twain said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Aristotle said, “Courage is the first of human qualities because it makes all the others possible.”
Have confidence: since fear is alive, we need to develop or build confidence, if we are to achieve success in life. How? Remove negative thoughts from your mind. Think positively about yourself. Think positively about things. Focus on solutions, not problems. Positive thoughts build confidence. Negative thoughts destroy confidence. In Orison Swett Marden’s words, he said, “There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a king.”