Always Give Your Best

July 27, 2011

There are times when you have those small tasks that seem to be more of a nuisance than they are worth, so you tend to put them off.  You think you will get back to them later, and they stay undone because you just do not feel like doing them.  But sometimes those small tasks are the most important ones to accomplish.  You have to find the motivation to get them done, and give them your best effort.

Write a List.  When you think of something that needs to be done, write it down.  Since the tasks are small, there are times that you will forget that they need to be done.  When you look back on your day, you think to yourself, “I’ve been meaning to do that.”  If it is on your list, you will get it done.

Prioritize.  Each night before you go to bed, take a look at your list, and arrange the tasks in order of importance.  When your list is done, you can rest easy, knowing you will accomplish what you want to the following day.

Get it Done.  As you go through your day, check your list and do the tasks in order.  As you accomplish each one, cross it off.  At the end of the day, those small annoying tasks will all be done.

Give it Your Best.  With each task that you perform, remember to give it your best effort.  The quality of work you put into the small things in life will reflect in the bigger ones.  There are times that the quality of the work you do for those small tasks have an impact on bigger things in the future.

Dale Carnegie once said, “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”  Although he said it years ago, it is still true today.  Giving your best in everything in you do offers you a sense of pride and accomplishment, adding to your positive outlook on life.  It also shows others that you care about what you do, and that you take pride in even the smallest accomplishments.  When you display that positive attitude, others will follow suit.

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