The Effort Litmus Test
I have a quick question for you: Are you doing your best?
In this moment.
Regardless of what you are doing.
Are you doing it to the best of your ability? Are you trying your absolute hardest?
Everyone starts their day with good intentions. Hopefully, it begins with a plan. We tackle the first task on our list and we typically do our best work. But as the day goes on, Whack-a-Mole priorities stick their heads out of the holes and the quality of our work can diminish.
In his book, Don Miguel Ruiz says that there are Four Agreements and the fourth is, “Always do your best.” The example that he gives - and I absolutely love this - is Forrest Gump. In the movie of the same name, Tom Hanks’ character simply does his best. He is the best friend, son, soldier, runner and father. All he does is his best, for two hours and 22 minutes.
We need a reset button, a way to remind ourselves that doing our best is one of the things that we can control. So, why not set an alarm that goes off at noon and simply ask, “Are you doing your best?”
Use it as a reminder. Assess your existing effort, make a correction, and then get back to work.
And that's all I have to say about that.
Bill Farquharson can be reached at (781) 934-7036 or firstname.lastname@example.org