The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
My youngest son and I were discussing a commitment to excellence this morning, and I think we hit on an important idea. The difference between excellence and inferior performance can often be the result of purpose. Let me explain…
When I do something wholeheartedly–you know, give it my best because I really want to do it and care that I do it well–my best capacity for excellence emerges. But when I do something just to get it done–the ole “gotta do this so I might as well get it over with” idea–well, excellence seldom emerges.
When I am just trying to meet expectations and get things off my to do list, I can be tempted to cut corners, skip over the fine print, and generally fail to pay close enough attention to the important ways to do that task well. Just getting by is the mantra for many people. They seem content to meet the minimum standard and get back to their lawn chair and iced tea. And these folks never experience the value of what they do or the joy of having done a job really well.
Conversely, those who take the time to give their best, to pay close attention, to engage their work fully, these are the people who end up with a very different life. They discover their true abilities, they find what they do really well, and they do it really well. And, not surprisingly, they enjoy life a lot more.
Now for those who cut corners, doing things with excellence seems an unnecessary exercise in hard work. Nothing beats inside them to do better. DON’T BE THAT GUY!
Reach deep inside yourself with everything you do and find the passion to do it remarkably well. You’ll love life more and you’ll enjoy the work and relationships you engage in more than you ever thought you could.
Give your best, and you get the best!