How committed are you to living the life you imagine? Are you saturated with this thought to the point that you wake up thinking about it and go to bed dreaming about it? Do you go through the day visualizing the great life ahead of you or do you leave it to chance? Doing your best in every given situation is a prerequisite to achieving your goals. When you evaluate your accomplishments for the day, week, month, or year, would you say the results are a reflection of putting in your best and doing your best?
If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Doing your best is about going beyond the call of duty to get the job done. It is also about letting go of excuses and getting things done, it’s working through and around obstacles to get results, and it’s staying the course no matter the challenges. Allow me to introduce you to a gentleman I call Ezekiel. I have travelled with the Ezekiel story to all the countries I have visited giving talks and conducting seminars. I met Ezekiel in one of the organizations for which I provided training and consulting services. Ezekiel was the office cleaner and errand boy. He had a great attitude. This young man gave his very best to the organization while attending evening classes to improve his life. The organization went through various changes and with each change Ezekiel was moved up the ladder of success because he gave his best. I got a call one afternoon from him saying that he wanted to see me. I met with him and he told me he had been promoted over the years and was now the human resources manager. He had come to the company’s office in this country to take care of some business. Ezekiel’s story is a testament to giving your best and demonstrates that doing so pays dividends.
What does it mean to give your best or do your best? It means doing more than you are paid for. It is about building a reputation for not making excuses. It is managing the challenges life throws your way. It is looking for ways to add value, and it’s working with all the resources at your disposal to achieve results. Doing your best is about letting go of excuses and finding solutions to various problems and challenges in the workplace and in your life. The world rewards the best!