“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” — Og Mandino
“Give it your best shot.” … Growing up, I heard those words of encouragement time and again, whenever I was venturing into something new, or competing in something where the competition was fierce.
I learned to treat BEST as a chance, not a chore.
I never regretted giving my best shot. Even when my best wasn’t good enough. I only ever regretted the times when I didn’t.
Giving YOUR Best is a Habit That’s Contagious
The funny thing about BEST is that it’s all relative, yet everybody roots for you when you give YOUR best. In a way it levels the playing field where each of us has the chance to rise to our own level.
When was the last time you gave something your best shot? BEST is contagious. It’s habit forming. It spills over into everything you do. That is, unless you reserve your best for special occasions.
Like anything, BEST gets better with practice. It takes work to hit your high notes, but the more you make BEST a habit, the more high notes you’ll hit.
In the book, Little Book of Leadership: The 12.5 Strengths of Responsible, Reliable, Remarkable Leaders that Create Results, Rewards, and Resilience, Jeffrey Gitomer writes about BEST as a way of life.
Do Everything Full Force
No holding back. Go with gusto. Show the world what you’re made of.
“One of the most interesting aspects and one of the most unspoken parts of action and/or doing is the desire, your desire, to do everything full force. Better stated, to do everything at the level of ‘best.’”
The Result Will Speak for Itself
BEST has a way with words. Actually, it’s the strong silent type. Jeffrey writes:
“It is better never to SAY, ‘I am doing the best I can.’ Rather, just DO the best you can, and you will never have to say it, the result will speak for itself.”
It’s Easy to Feel
You know how it feels. You recognize it when you see it. It’s the difference that makes the difference.
“The word BEST is very difficult to define in writing, but it’s easy to react to and easy to feel when you are doing it. It’s a personal dedication, and a work ethic, not a word.”
Example of Best
To illustrate what BEST looks like, Jeffrey shares an example using Pete Rose. Pete Rose was “walked” 1,566 times. He could have walked to first base, but he ran every time. He was the only player ever to do so. He was also known for stretching singles into doubles with his head first slide. He holds the all-time record for doubles.
That’s BEST in action.
When are you at YOUR best and who gets to experience it? Best just might be the best thing that ever happened to you.
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