Whatever you do in this life, do it to the best of your ability. Whether you are in school, running for president, playing a game, or working on something, do it in a quality way. Don’t be someone who just does something to get by, or is waiting to clock out. Be at the top of your game, because even if nobody knows, you will know, and the universe will know, and usually someone higher up in your organization is noticing.
If something is challenging for you and you still do it well, the universe will promote you according to your ability. Time and time again, if you are pressing your boundaries and excelling at what you are doing, the universe is going to arrange a super opportunity to be presented to you. Whether you hold onto it, or let it slip through your fingers, is all up to you. If you are a mediocre worker, it is almost certain that you will not be able to perform to the level that is needed; but if all along you have been working to the best of your ability, and pushing your limits, you will quickly acclimate and excel at your new position.
Don’t take a promotion or opportunity for granted. Be like Michael Jordan, who was at the top of his game in basketball, even though he held numerous NBA titles, and MVP status, he was the ball player that spent the longest time on the court practicing his free throws and his lay-ups. He was the first on the court for practice and the last to leave. He has played at the best of his game for a very long time, and yet he didn’t take any of it for granted. He never tired of trying to excel, to challenge himself and his team members. He was always practicing his maneuvers, his passes and his ball handling, and even though he is the best, he is man without arrogance, and maintains himself as a gentleman.
Do not be like Bill Clinton, who became the president of the United States and then had an affair with an intern and afterwards said of it, “I did it because I could.” Every man can cheat on his wife, and every man can be in a position of power and abuse that power. But this is not working to the best of his ability. Bill Clinton is a mediocre person, because since he could abuse his position of power, he did.
Certainly you are learning what is right and wrong. You know that many people who are mediocre can become people of power and prestige, but just because they are there does not mean that they worked to the best of their ability to get there. Work where you are to your highest level of integrity and your talent, because God and the universe see you. When you are working to the highest level for which you are capable, you are like a shining bright star in this dark world. You become a clear example, a delight and inspiration to those that are around you, to your children and your friends, and even globally. You don’t know what door is being opened for you because of your work, your attention, the dedication of your time and energy.
Even if no one notices how you work, or your level of focus, at the end of the day you will know. You can sleep easily knowing that you did it well. If this is the last day on this planet for you or me, we will be satisfied, and we will hear these words from God: “This is my daughter, or my son in whom I am well pleased. Come on home for your party.”
Every one of us gets lazy sometimes and just wants to take it easy for a while, but consistently we have to strive to work to our utmost talent, energy and dedication. If you are working to the best of your ability, don’t belittle what you are doing, don’t pressure yourself to be perfect. Recognize that you are doing your very best. Remember you still have to live this life with balance. Your family, your relationships, your work, your school, and special events all need balance. You need to maintain your balance too. Deep within you will know if you are working to the best of your ability or not. You will know if you need to make adjustments in your attitude, your work ethics, your behavior, etc. If you are working to the highest level of your ability, then let the negative thoughts go. If you did the best you could for someone or something, and it doesn’t work out, don’t put all the burden on yourself. H/she has responsible for his/her life just as you have for yours. Just remind yourself, “I did the best that I could,” and then move on.
Be yourself, and be incredibly kind to yourself and others.
Let’s all make 2012 a unbelievable year.