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Selfless and Purposeful

Phillip Brooks said: “Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”

High performers rarely complain about the duties they must perform to succeed. They put in the extra effort to support their team leads. Although it may take more work hours, they become selfless and purposeful when driven by love to create meaning and results.

Are you Making the Highest and Best Use of Time?

Peter Drucker said, “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient that which should not be done at all.”

How do you master what is your highest and best use of time? Alternatively, how do you get rid of those things that just aren’t worth your time?

For every one of us, there’s at least five to six times more productivity—five to six times more productivity—that’s available to us, regardless of where we’re at. This is available simply by choosing to figure out: What is the true purpose of my job? How do I tie to profit on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis? How do I get about doing those most important things in the best, most effective way?

Everything else is noise.

How to Make Better Decisions

Mahatma Gandhi said: “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love.”

Every time we have a decision to make, we have two choices: We can either make the decision based out of fear or out of love. It’s an interesting concept that drives good decisions because pretty much any time that you make a decision out of fear, it ends up being a bad decision.

When instead you frame it as “how can I create more love” and “what is the right thing to do?”—that decision gets made easily and is almost always the very best decision you could have made. So, choose love over fear.

Mark Twain on Courage and Fear

Mark Twain said: “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.”

Yes, fear is a thing – but it only grows when you give it energy. If, instead, you demonstrate more courage, that’s your gateway for developing greater virtue.

Everyone faces fear, but not everyone approaches it the same way. The next time something larger than life is coming at you, just swallow and go for it. Decide to develop the virtue it takes to choose courage, regardless of circumstances.

Want to be Really Happy?

Albert Schweitzer said: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

A beautiful statement…

When we lose ourselves in something because we’re “up to something big” to make a difference for someone else, that’s where true joy comes from. Alternatively, whenever we become very self-consumed—which, of course, is the norm for most of us on a daily basis—we begin to go into the “not enough” conversation. “No one’s appreciating me enough.” “No one’s loved me enough.” “No one’s given me enough instructions.” “No one’s supporting me enough.” “I’m not being congratulated enough.”

In that mind space, nothing great happens. Greatness happens when we realize  the true value that we offer. We are fed by the “intrinsic reward” of knowing that our work is purposeful and we’ve done something good for another human being. Impact on others is the ultimate reward and that’s where true joy comes from.