When I was a little girl, my mom used to tell me “If you are going to do something, do it right”. At the time I thought it was a simple lesson (usually about cleaning up my room), but as I have grown – and now own my own business, have a family, and so forth – this lesson is much more than a simple “do it right”. The QUALITY of your efforts, in any area of your life, reflects not only the task at hand, but who you are.
Think about this. How you do anything is how you do everything. If you are willing to accept “good enough” when it comes to one thing, say your appearance, then you’ll more than likely – even if it is not a conscious decision – be willing to accept “good enough” when it comes to your professional work product, relationships, spiritual growth, overall health – and so forth. (For the record, I am not advocating simple vanity in relation to managing your appearance, but this is the easiest area to examine – just look in the mirror.) And if you are not disciplined enough to demand the best from yourself in areas that may seem somewhat inconsequential, you are more than likely not yet disciplined enough to demand the best from yourself in other areas that may have larger consequences.
And if you’re in your head right now making excuses for – or justifying – yourself, I’m definitely talking to you. Lovingly, of course. 🙂
Everything we do is a reflection of our standards. Are you living a life of quality or sloppiness? Be honest. Most people live a life of sloppiness, settling for average and the status quo. It’s easier.
BUT: Who you are today does not define who you are tomorrow.
So many people tell themselves and others “this is who I am” (average or cultivating unintentional sloppiness) and do not recognize that they have a choice in the matter and can train themselves to be whatever they want to be. Even a dog can be taught how to behave! You can easily identify RIGHT NOW one area of sloppiness in your life – and commit to take small, consistent steps to cultivate quality in that area. I guarantee you that if you continue, you will receive exponential results with each step compounding the previous. You’ll see the results and want to apply the same practice to another area of your life, and another and another.
I’m not saying I have it all together, but I do know that my mom had a great point all those years ago when she taught me that if I am going to do something, to do it well. (I’m trying, Mom, I promise!)