What would happen if everyone decided to do their best work today? What more could we accomplish if everyone was on, everyone was active, everyone was engrossed and everyone was giving the work all of their attention? We would be able to accomplish anything.
Now, the chances of this happening are slim. You have no control over everyone around you and you can't force them to do their best each and every day. We hope we are surrounded by people who are doing the job because it is what they want to be doing, but we know this isn't always true. Everyone has their own motivations and we can't change them.
We can choose to do our best work each and every day. We can control this part of the equation. Yes, we are never going to be perfect and there will be days when our best isn't coming, but if we try, really try to give our best every day, we will have more good days than bad. How much better would your work be if you just strive to do your best every time? How much happier would you be?
No one said it was going to be easy. We all have tasks that drain our drive and make us want to shove spoons into our eyes. We all have good days and bad days. The great among us realize this and still strive every morning to give their best work during the day. Each and every day they decide that whatever they are working on is worth their best work. No more and no less. Lead by example and start today. Give it your all and do your best work. Then, do it again tomorrow and the next day and the next and the next...