How You Do Anything
...is how you do everything. First off, I do not think this is always 100% true. But I do think the lesson here is spot on (Maybe 98% true). If we approach some things with all of our focus and effort, and other things with a passive sense of just scraping by or getting it done, we are reinforcing two different mindsets in our habits. The better choice is to chose to be present and give full effort, or not engage at all.
Let’s looks at a few examples...
-You aren’t that interested in school, but you want to graduate or earn the prestigious degree you are working towards. You could skate by and be an average student, which will become part of your behavior and lead to average work in many areas of your life. OR, you could sell out to vigorously studying and collaborating and become the best student you can be, and this will spill over into your other goals or future work after school is over.
-You have a decent job, but your heart is on the next promotion or another venture in your future. You do your work, but you rarely go above and beyond. When your opportunity arrives, you constantly have to fight bad habits of “just getting it done.” OR, you work everyday at your job as if it were the interview for your big break. You grow, you impress your boss and peers, and you build habits of initiative and a strong work ethic.
-‘Its just training, I’m more interested in the game.’ You go 70% when you workout, assuming you will turn it on during the real competition. Over time, after your athleticism and natural ability catches up to you with better completion, you don’t have the skill acquisition you need to be good enough to perform and win. OR, you approach every game and practice with a competitive spirit and a tireless work ethic, trying to find that edge to make yourself better. As competition increases, you find a way to hang, (not always winning, but always competing and learning) and you’re ready for higher levels of play.
How you do anything is how you do everything. As summer comes to a close, let’s be sure to remember this thought, and build ourselves into people who are proud of how they show up. All the time.
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