Make The Best Cup

Make The Best Cup

Whether you’re at the very bottom rung on the ladder to your goals or near the top, there is a single thing you need to do everyday, and that is your absolute best.

Doing your best inspires you to respect and believe in the person you are. It changes the way others look at you, it makes them more inclined to trust you with more responsibility or more money.

It spares you from regret about days past and self-recriminating thoughts. It moves you forward and keeps your thoughts about yourself and what you’re doing positive.

At the beginning of the day you are the one you need to answer to about how you’re going to spend the precious upcoming hours. At the end of the day it’s back to you. Yes there are people you report to, people how have power to promote or demote you, people who will like or dislike you and what you do, but ultimately the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself, because that’s the cue others are going to follow.

Playing people as diverse as anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, to human rights activist Malcolm X to boxer, to a drunk airline pilot, and just about everything in between, Denzel Washington has made a career of doing his best while following his own internal compass. Three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and a Tony award later, it’s obvious others agree, when Denzel makes a cup, it’s the best cup he can possibly make.

Doing your best inspires you to respect and believe in the person you are. It changes the way others look at you, it makes them more inclined to trust you with more responsibility or more money.

It spares you from regret about days past and self-recriminating thoughts. It moves you forward and keeps your thoughts about yourself and what you’re doing positive.

At the beginning of the day you are the one you need to answer to about how you’re going to spend the precious upcoming hours. At the end of the day it’s back to you. Yes there are people you report to, people how have power to promote or demote you, people who will like or dislike you and what you do, but ultimately the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself, because that’s the cue others are going to follow.

Playing people as diverse as anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, to human rights activist Malcolm X to boxer, to a drunk airline pilot, and just about everything in between, Denzel Washington has made a career of doing his best while following his own internal compass. Three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and a Tony award later, it’s obvious others agree, when Denzel makes a cup, it’s the best cup he can possibly make.

I’m Ready!

i'm ready

You’ve got your job. You’ve got your family and your social life. Maybe you’ve also got big goals on the backburner, things you dream about doing.

How do you approach those different aspects of your life? Are you more excited about new projects than the ones you do everyday. Do you put things off? Do you get the things you like best off your plate first?

You might be more enthusiastic about some things than others, but chances are you don’t stray too far from your median level of enthusiasm. Imagine how much you could accomplish, how enthusiastic you would be about just about everything, if you approached life like SpongeBob!

Things you normally dread: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

Things you’ve done a thousand times before: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

People you’ve been meaning to get in contact with: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

Projects you’ve always wanted to get a handle on: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

If you’re ready, ready, ready for everything then you get the things you’re not thrilled with out of the way. You make mental and physical space for the things you really do want to do in your life. You create the relationships you want.

Ready?

You’re Braver Than You Think

winnie the pooh

Sometimes when we’re worried or things aren’t going the way we hope we lose track of just how strong we can be.

Like when Pooh worries about a time when he and Christopher Robin will be apart, Christopher Robin reminds him, “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

Whether we’re nine, nineteen or ninety nine, each and every one of us should keep those words of wisdom somewhere in our back pocket to pull out and remember during times when we forget just how strong, resourceful and full of potential we truly are.

It’s my birthday today, and I’m going to make a point of remembering!

Taking a Shot

Taking a Shot - The Job Window

You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

Waiting for the Opportunity

Have you ever found yourself wondering if you should even bother applying for a job? Maybe they’re asking for more experience than you have. Or perhaps it sounds like certain aspects are outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you found a job that would be perfect for you, but in the back of your mind you’re already telling yourself that there are going to be so many applicants you shouldn’t even bother trying.

Do you have a suggestion that might improve something within the company, but you’re not sure if your boss will like the suggestion? Take a cue from Wayne Gretzky.

Taking a Shot

Wayne Gretzky is the National Hockey League’s top goal scorer of all time. He scored 894 goals over his career. He also took 5,089 shots. That’s a success rate of 5.7%. That’s not bad, but it’s not amazing either. The hockey great didn’t only shoot the puck when he knew it was going to go in. If he did, he would have ended up with far fewer goals at the end of his career. He fired the puck often because he knew the only way to score, is to shoot.

Hitting the Mark

The same is true for your job search. If you don’t apply, you won’t get the job. If you don’t make the suggestion to your boss, he or she will never know you’re looking to improve the company. What’s the worst thing that can happen when you apply for a job you might be a little under experienced for? They don’t call back? Weigh that against the opportunity of getting a job you want! Worried about your boss not liking your idea? The worst thing that’ll happen is, your boss will turn you down, but they’ll know you’re thinking about improving things and they’ll remember that.

So take a shot because if you don’t, you’re guaranteed to miss.

Motivation Monday – Great Attitude

Motivation Monday - Great Attitude

“Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.” – Pat Riley

Today’s Motivational Monday quote comes from an NBA basketball great. Pat Riley is widely regarded as one of the best basketball coaches of all time. He won five championships as a head coach, and was named coach of the year three times.

Do What You Love

Do what you love. That’s what they say right? Do what you love and you’ll do great work. But it’s not always easy to love your job. You have to work up the ladder to a better position. You have to put in your time and gain experience. It can be stressful and hectic slowly working towards your goals; so how do you still do great work, even if you’re not at a stage where you love what you do.

Have a Great Attitude

According to Pat Riley, its all about your attitude. Go into each and every day with an amazing attitude and your effort will follow. When you love what you do, the job often seems easy. It’s the same when you have a great attitude. When you walk into work with a great attitude, great effort and great work will follow seamlessly.

Give a Great Effort

It can be easy to feel resigned when working at a task that lacks excitement. Don’t think of the task at hand, think of the work you are accomplishing, and the results that it will bring. Form a great attitude for each and every task and job you accomplish on your journey through work life and without thinking about it, you’ll be giving a great effort that will get you noticed. It might even lead to a job that you love.

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Motivational Monday!

Motivational Monday - The Job Window

Steering the Ship

Sometimes at the beginning of the week, we can get caught up in plans and routine. We have a path in mind for how our week is supposed to go, and when it doesn’t, we start to stress out. It can be an easy to fall into the habit of trying to steer the ship the way you originally planned. All of a sudden you find yourself stuck fighting against the wind at every turn just trying to get back to where you were. You can end up feeling drained and lacking motivation.

Adjusting the Sails

Having a plan at the beginning of the week isn’t a bad idea. In fact, it’s a great one. The thing to remember is to be flexible when obstacles invariably arise. You’ll find that if you’re prepared for a couple detours here and there, you’re stress level will decrease and you’re ability to accomplish the task isn’t too hindered. You may even feel more motivated each time you conquer a small snag on your journey.

Finding the Opportunity

Adjusting your sails with the changes in the wind will also lead to new and unpredictable places and opportunities. Opportunities you may never have come across if you were too busy trying to stay on course with your original plans. These opportunities can also help you attain your original goal. Don’t be afraid of changes in the wind, embrace them!

Happy Motivational Monday Everyone!

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