Psst. Hey you over there. The one in your pajamas. Yeah, that’s right. You. Did you have a hard day at work? Does it make you feel better to immediately get out of your constricting work clothes. Did you make your hot tea yet? Are you still grinding your teeth? Stop. I have good news for you. You are home now. The bad news is that you have to go back tomorrow. Ha. Since you do, I have a few thoughts for you.
Were you excellent in everything you did today? No. Try harder tomorrow. That’s right. Today is over, but tomorrow is a fresh start. Do NOT revisit the mistakes of today. Vow to work smarter. “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” ~Pearl Buck
Did you concentrate on your strengths today? No. Point out what was wrong with everything? Talk about the problems without offering real solutions. Hmm. Why don’t you focus on what went right and what you can do to change things. “Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.” ~Paul J. Meyer
If you did run into a problem, did you give up? Did you say “I don’t make a difference. My voice is not enough to change this.” I have news for you. It is. Please stop expecting other people to solve your problems, fix your mistakes, or do your job for you. I work just as hard as you do, but I can’t be the only one to make a difference. “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” ~John Kenneth Galbraith
If you expect everyone else to solve the problems you were hired to deal with, you will not find success at your current job.
“The great successful men of the world have used their imagination. They think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.”~Robert Collier