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.
In the Brotherhood, our fourth commitment is to excellence for myself. We are determined to be our very best so we can ultimately achieve our best and enjoy the best life can bring us.
But I’ve discovered that my commitment to be my best matters to others around me. Sure, my boss appreciates that commitment, but so do those who think of me as their boss. When I give my best, their work becomes more achievable and more meaningful. They know their efforts matter because they see my belief that mine do too.
I think that’s an interesting by product of excellence. We say this commitment is for ourselves, but when one person pursues excellence, that desire begins to spread to others. Everyone steps up, at least a few steps higher, when you set the tone for your organization.
Now you may think that you’re not the one who can influence your workplace, but you’re wrong. Even if you’re low man on the proverbial totem pole, your effort and willingness to always give your best will impact your corner of the organization. And excellence has a way of spreading–even up the organizational ladder.
Be your best for yourself, be your best for the good of your team. Be your best because it honors the God who has given you life and the opportunity that you engage every single day.