“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~John Wooden ‘ They Call Me Coach’
Everyday is a day to be of value to someone. No matter where you are or what business you are in you can be of value to someone. In fact it is better to create value, to add value to everything you do.
Create value in some fashion or in some manner for someone or some cause. It might be something simple and easy to do. It might be a kind word, a word of thanks, or a word of appreciation. Add a smile to your day, a smile has power and value, try it. As an experiment try smiling at someone you don’t know, just smile and experience the power of a smile.
Consider the work you are doing today. What one thing can you do to improve the quality and or lower the cost of the services you are providing? How can you add more value? In a world where there is more and more competition it is important to find competitive differentiators into the work environment.
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 have sought and found how to serve.” Serving is another way to add value, immense value to a world that is suffering.
Look at the relationships you have, how are you adding value to the most important relationships you have? It is easy to neglect or ignore important relationships because there is an assumption that it will always be there. Given the statistics on divorce in America those assumptions are probably incorrect.
And finally, be of value to yourself. Focus on your diet, take time out to get exercise and make sure you get enough sleep. If you’re not healthy it is difficult to add value to others. Spend time developing yourself and that means turning off the TV and opening a book instead. Living in a media saturated culture means that we are being bombarded with a lot of useless information (the news is filled with useless information) and it would be better to focus on information that is positive.
1. Add value to others
2. Add value to your work.
3. Add value to your relationships
4. Add value to yourself.
“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein