Look around and you would encounter such a vast majority of population that is just not able to reach the heights their inherent capabilities would suggest they can. I have reflected quite a lot and ended up with a deduction that is almost a conviction now – perhaps the most secure and tested way of moving towards realising your full potential is by giving off your best in every situation – to your employer, employees, clients, family and friends.
Organisations often have an extremely talented and capable but not necessarily the most motivated workforce. Employees conducting themselves with little enthusiasm and sense of purpose or commitment. You are bound to hear a lot of negativity coming out of such people – the organisation does not value me or my work, new and good ideas are not supported, no real appetite for any innovation. I am not able to do what I believe I am capable of!
While it is always so easy to sit back and curse the situation or the organisation, it is immensely meaningful to deliberate upon taking accountability and being self critical. We are expected to demonstrate ownership and responsibility for our deliverables and outcomes. Internalising this aspect fairly and squarely in our minds is an inevitable route to happiness and success.
Complete peace of mind at the end of the day depends upon answer to a very simple question – did I do enough today or could I have done more. The more truthfully you can respond to that question, the more it will lead you to a cheerful and happy state over time. Just because the question will lead you to stretch to your maximum if you are not already doing so.
Let me narrate a small, extremely cute story to illustrate the point :
A boy and a girl were playing together. The boy had a collection of marbles, the girl had some sweets with her. The boy told the girl that he will give her all his marbles in exchange for her sweets. The girl agreed. The boy kept the biggest and the most beautiful marble aside and gave the rest to the girl. The girl gave him all her sweets as she had promised.
That night, the girl slept peacefully. But the boy kept wondering if the girl had hidden some sweets from him the way he had hidden his best marble and could not sleep well.
Simple story of very deep message! Clearly if you don’t give your hundred percent in any situation, you will forever have doubts on the integrity of all that is happening around you, including of the people. That surely is a troubled existence and applies to any relationship of love, employer-employee etc.
Having understood that this seems like a good formula for lasting satisfaction, let me suggest a few tips that can assist in giving your best at all times :
– take ownership and accountability of your own attitude, decisions and actions. This leads you to greater introspection with zero desire to seek and bury yourself in excuses or external factors
– seek people who can show you the mirror, people who can challenge you and also encourage your efforts. It ensures you stay rooted to the ground in realism and not in any make belief world
– it is a great feeling of happiness when you make others successful instead of focussing on yourself all the time – so do something that benefits others. What you do for yourself can get you by but what you do for others gets you ahead!
– be a student all your life, endeavour to learn and enhance your skills continuously. That way you continuously put to practice what you acquire and will be full of charge and energy
Make it a habit to ask yourself all the time – is this the best I can do at this moment? An answer in the affirmative will leave you feeling extremely comforted, relaxed and satisfied. The reverse is true too.
So give your hundred percent to everything you do and sleep peacefully – no better time to try than from this very moment onwards!