If you worked the hardest that you could, bringing your most attentive work ethic and trying your best, then there’s no use fretting over regrets or things you should have done, could have done, or would have done given different circumstances. If you always give your best work, then people will take notice. You’re never last place. You can also think back to some of your previous projects and think “yeah, I gave it my all.” You should also think of your most recent accomplishment as your best accomplishment, until your next accomplishment. Each victory builds upon the last victory.
This being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I wanted to write about a topic I’ll encounter occasionally, and one the really sets the “good” people apart from the rest. While I’ll mainly be focusing on how this relates to a professional environment, it’s much more widely applicable than that, and I think it encapsulates some of the ideas that he spoke about, mainly, respect toward others.
Consider this yesterday’s post. “How many customers do you meet per day?” “About ten and I might meet around fifty people per day.” One manager told me about tracking sick calls per department, for sport, because of how interesting it seemed that one area would get sick, then the next, and I suppose it’d be practical because of how it affects his teams. How do I deal with the professional hedgehog’s dilemma of interacting with people that brought their sick to work?
When you don’t feel 100%, go to bed early.
Not wasting time should apply to all aspects of your life. Rather than write encouraging words about living your life to the fullest while waiting in line at the grocery store, I’ll instead focus on the professional side of things: don’t waste the time of others and don’t waste your own.
You should work toward your goals every day. After a content hiatus of sorts in the month of December, I was listening to some advice being provided by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk about frequently posting content as part of a whole manifesto about working hard and achieving results. That it was around that whole New Year’s Resolution time was a coincidence. So I’ve been practicing this for the last five days now, and I’ve noticed some exciting results: