It’s an expression I use often to let people know how and what I think of them.
I mean it every single time I use it too…. You ARE awesome!
People are awesome. We’re all awesome.
It’s up you though to decide what to do with your awesomeness and how and where to apply it.
I believe we are all amazing individuals, each of us with our own unique set of skills, talents, and untapped potential. Whether it’s with sports, a job, or communicating and connecting with others. Maybe it’s musically or artistically, whatever it may be.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re awesome!
[box] “Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?”
~ Nelson Mandela ~[/box]
A CEO of a fortune 500 company has to be awesome to do what she does. To manage and lead an entire team, a company, a brand. To be a visionary and make decisions based on where she sees the market headed.
A landscaper has to be awesome to look at a yard, a field, or just a dirt space and envision what a finished product will look like. What trees, plants, stone walkways will make it all look great and come together.
A person looking to lose 50 pounds has to be awesome to be able to stick with a food and exercise plan designed to help them lose weight over time regardless of their everyday responsibilities and social distractions.
A small bakery owner has to be awesome in order to get up early every single morning to start baking the bread, donuts, pastries, complete scheduled pick-up orders, and all other responsibilities associated with running such a business.
Any two people in a relationship have to be awesome in order to make a commitment to each other and to be the best they can be not just for themselves, but for their significant other as well. To love, respect, communicate, and be patient with each other in all aspects of life.
BE YOUR BEST
Being awesome and being your best doesn’t just apply to a particular job, job title, or a select group of people with specific responsibilities. It’s more than that. We’re all awesome to begin with. It’s to the extend in which we decide to apply ourselves that ultimately distinguishes individual greatness and success.
Regardless of what you’re doing, your job or job title, where you work, what your responsibilities are, what or who you’re involved with or part of, regardless of circumstances, make a commitment to yourself that you will do it to the best of your ability and do it better than it’s ever been done before.
Commit to being your best in all that you do.
Of course there’s occasions where being your best can be put aside for a bit. If you’re having a fun bowling tournament with work colleagues or friends, it isn’t necessary to try and out bowl everyone or if you’re on a date playing miniature golf, you can probably ease up and not feel like you have to get a hole in one every time.
Personal Case Studies
1. I remember working at McDonald’s during my high school years. I always strived to be the best whether it was being the fastest to get the food orders completed or the fastest at closing the kitchen at night or opening it the fastest in the morning. These efforts earned me recognition from management which led me to a supervisory role, more money, and the liberty to pick and choose the days and hours I preferred to work and have it granted to me.
2. About four years ago I was working with a company who’s culture was diminishing fast. Employee moral was at an all time low and there were no signs of it getting better with new management not making any effort to improve the situation. It was at this time I made the decision and commitment to myself that I would not give in to the negative culture that had been created and instead, decided to act, talk, and work as if the company was flourishing and I that my role was the difference maker to our success. My efforts apparently were noticed by a competitor of ours who ultimately ended up offering me a job making lots more money with many additional favorable terms and benefits. I accepted of course.
3. As I continue to create and navigate The Wellness Bucket, I will do so to the best of my ability. My writing may not be the best but I’m striving to make it so. My website may not be the best out there but I will continue to strive to make it the best. I will continue to do all that I can, learning, reading, studying, experimenting, to be the best I can be for myself and more importantly, for those who I am fortunate to serve.
The message with each of these stories is the same. Regardless of the job, company, situation, or circumstances, be your best and do your best, not because you have to but because you want to.
You’re awesome, remember?
[box] “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while. You do them right all of the time.”
~ Vince Lombardi ~[/box]
What are some of the areas in your life where you’ve made a commitment to being your best? What are some of the ways in which you’ve gone about being your best? Please share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments below, I’d love to hear all about them.
Featured Image: Wiener Riesenrad Ferris Wheel, Austria