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Master What Matters

What’s the true purpose of your job? If you really understand not the busy activities but instead, the profound purpose of your job, then you can align to what matters most.

What are the top 10% activities that must be done in an extraordinary way to create 50-80% of the results that you create? Because when you figure that out and align to it, you become a master of your job.

Too many people do not question the activities of their jobs to make sure that they’re in the highest and best use of their time and that it aligns with the purpose of the job. Have a conversation with your team lead. Ask the lead what the purpose really is of the job and suggest what you think are the most important things. Get alignment and then achieve mastery by going after it with every cell in your body.

Appreciate Up

It may not occur to you, if you haven’t been a manager or a leader, that the carpet outside the door isn’t usually worn out from people coming in and thanking that manager or leader for what they do and for having the backs of the people that report to them.

Here’s an opportunity.

What if you make a regular pattern of thanking your team lead for what they do, having your back, teaching you things, and being there for you? Because they’re working hard to make sure every team member wins—they’d like to hear that too.

Decide today to stop on by! Thank your team lead, and maybe create a regular pattern of doing it as well.

Give Yourself Permission to Prosper

Do you give yourself permission to grow? Think about it. There are many people who have had the same job for over a decade, but their productivity really hasn’t improved much, their knowledge hasn’t improved much, and their outcomes haven’t improved much. And, as a result, they’re probably not growing in opportunities either.

Oftentimes it stems, if you really look at it, from someone who has not given themselves permission to grow. Permission to grow means you believe that you’re worth investing in yourself to learn more and to do better. Because without that permission, and sometimes it comes from childhood beliefs that you’ve created about yourself, that you’re not worthy, or I’m not good at math, or I’m not good at grammar. I’m not good at spelling, or I’m not good at living my word and hitting deadlines. When we have a story that we believe about ourselves, we live into the story until we decide to break the pattern. So I’m curious, are you the kind of person who’s going to stand up, invest in yourself and decide to be the most valuable human being that you can possibly be? I think you’re worth it. Do you?

The Kindergartener’s Guide to Building Relationships

When I was three or four years old, my mother used to constantly say: “Roxanne, say please and thank you.” Boy, I didn’t understand how profound those words were until I became an adult and I realized the power of the words please and thank you.

They shape relationships, they make people feel good about who they are. It’s easy to forget that we get busy, and when we get busy, we start bypassing people and just instructing and forgetting to say the words please and thank you.

My commitment is to get a little bit better at it every day and someday, maybe I’ll be as good at it as my mother hoped I would be. So, every day, I set the intention of getting a little bit better about saying please and thank you. You may want to try that as well.

Set Your Own Standards: The Simple Secret to Success

Your success in life will perfectly align with the standards you set for yourself. So, if you’re the kind of person that will turn in a report that’s filled with typos and grammatical errors, and as a result of it, your supervisor has to spend the night or the weekend working to correct your work, what does that say about you? What does it say about your character? What does it say about your commitment to excellence? It shows, doesn’t it? Yet, many people get very comfortable having low standards for themselves … low customer service standards, low standards on the outcomes that they create, low standards on the product that they produce.

What if instead, you set the intention of, “I’m just going to raise my standards. I’m going to hold myself to higher standards. I’m going to double-check my work every time before I sent it on. I’m going to go study a little bit every night and get better at the things I’m weak at. I’m going to choose to, in every customer encounter, blow that customer away by creating my own customer service standards that far exceed the customer service standards of my organization.”

If you’re to hold yourself to higher standards, you can only imagine what the accumulation of a lot of good choices will create for you. Today, choose consciously to have higher standards and set a note for yourself every single day this week to plan to have, and demonstrate great standards of excellence in everything you do at work and at home.