Do your best every day. What a novel idea, isn't it? It sounds so simple, but really, how many of us can actually say that we did our best on any given day?
Truth is though, "Your best isn't the same everyday" and that's what causes a lot of our internal struggle. One day, your best might be making 15 sales calls, signing up 3 new clients, picking up the kids, and having dinner on the table for the whole family to enjoy by 6pm. While the next day, you struggle to get a single load of laundry done, because your kids are sick, you have a client who needs a ton of special attention on the phone, and you are struggling because your father was just diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Yes, one day might have been more productive than the other, but were you any more or less of a person on either day? In fact, you might have actually been more alert, more in tune with your surroundings and actually been more engaged with what really matters to you in the latter example than the former. It just doesn't look that way from an outside perspective.
All you can ever do is your best!!! Nothing else. You can't be more or less than who you are right now - no matter how hard you try. You can create false bravado and pretend like you are something or someone different, but it won't last and it won't be real.
The trick then to life is figuring out how to make your best, a little better each and every day - so that you don't fall into a rut, that ends up being "not your best", but instead just doing. It's figuring out how to actively make things better tomorrow than they were today. Or at least posture your day so that you can be better.
The problem with this model is that most people see their life as a great big mess - they see everything they have going wrong and can't figure out how to start taking small steps to get them moving in the right direction. Besides they want everything fixed - RIGHT NOW!
But how do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
Or how do you run a marathon?
One stride at a time.
Short cuts in life do not last. They are more revolutionary and less evolutionary - meaning they are just as easily undone as they were done in the first place.
Frankly, I believe, we need to stop talking and thinking about change and start focusing on growth. There is natural resistance to change, but growth implies constant improvement - making life better. And real lasting growth starts with taking the first small step of change - everyday.
So make a commitment to your self - ON this day, MAY 1st, 2009 - that you will work more on small growth steps that lasts forever than trying to implement large changes that feel good, but only lasts a week or two.
Find a way to face that commitment every day and focus on the process, more so than the result I promise you, if you are committed, and you stay on course, you will see bigger and better results than you ever thought possible!