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One of the masters in the field of life coaching, Robin Sharma, said something recently in a news letter that resonated in a big way with me. He said that in a world where mediocrity is tolerated so much it is a good thing to strive for perfection.
One of the books that had a great impact on my life, “Understanding your potential” by Miles Munroe, has the same message. In order to become really great in your field and to fulfill your potential to the best of your ability in this life, you have to keep on delivering top quality work. I learned the other day that Google are only really interested in you when you consistently write original blogs with above average content. As I am writing here I am really pushing myself. The only reason I am writing a blog at 15h30 on a Friday afternoon, is because I aim for greatness. I want to be a great writer one day and as I have mentioned in a previous blog on the rewards of repetition, it is only repeating the actions you need to over and over and over again that in the end makes the difference between good and great.
The reason I struggle with writing this afternoon is partly because if I had all the time in the world today and if I would let the ego win over my authentic self, I would have spend my morning visiting one of my few close friends whom I really miss. I know you might think that a visit is harmless, but when you are self- employed, it requires so much more discipline to bite the bullet and stay motivated to achieve what you have to in the time given . Giving in to instant gratification, is basically letting the ego win. It would have been lovely to catch up with my friend, but it would not have been the best use of my time today. It would have been “good” to see her, but this good would have stood in the way of my “great” today.
I am also finding writing right now challenging, since I already spend a few hours this morning writing an article for the regular column I write for a magazine, which required a lot of finesse, since it was on a subject which is strictly speaking more suitable for the field of psychology than life coaching. The topics are chosen for me, so I did not have a choice. I had to do a lot of research on the subject to find out how the topic could be addressed from a life coach’s perspective.
It was hard at the time, but I completed an article I am pleased with and am satisfied that it is of high quality and accurate. In the process I also learned more about the field of Psychology and how psychologists approach the issue. In the end doing the “hard” thing will be far more beneficial in the long run. If I broke my writing routine this morning to do the “good” thing, I would loose the great things I did and learned this morning.
There will be a time that visiting a friend would be the “great” thing to do, but the art is to know the perfect timing. I attended an art school from grade 10 where I studied drama. A memory that stands out for me was made at our grade 12 prize giving ceremony where the award for the best drama student was handed out by the head of the department. During her speech she said that the difference between a good and the best actress is perfect timing. Today I still judge actors on their sense of timing. Time is our most precious commodity, because we can never replace wasted time. Once time is used it is used up forever. The question we have to ask ourselves all the time before we make a choice about how we will spend our time is ” Will time spend at this moment in this way bring me closer to the identity I am busy creating? Will visiting my friend, or writing an article that stretches me out of my comfort zone on the other hand, make me a better writer? “Consistently weighing up the things you want to versus should do in this way, will lead you further along the path of greatness.
The reason I write a blog at 15h30 on a Friday afternoon, is because in order to gain the identity of a great writer, one of the goals I created to practice my writing, is to consistently write two blogs every week with original content of high quality. The CEO, Bill Burridge of the great Life coaching institution, New Insights, said in an interview on blogging that he noticed that when he scaled down his blogs, the interest and number of readers also dwindled. He is one of the most popular bloggers on life coaching in the world. In order to be a great blogger I must put in my reps and write a blog every Monday or Tuesday and every Friday. A good friend, who is already a master in his chosen field of being an artist, has advised that posting a blog on a Friday is the great thing to do, since people are more likely to spend time on social media over weekends and this way you get more exposure, gain a bigger following and it carries you over 3 days until Monday’s blog….
May your “great” trump your “good” every time.