You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you. - Lisa Kleypas
In life and business we are only as good as the commitments we make. Before you take on any project, be sure you can deliver, in its entirety. If you say you are going to do something, do it. Giving this to others allows them to trust working with you or to be in a relationship with you. Give this to yourself and you will not make promises you break. By always living by your word, you will be very clear about what you are willing to commit to.
Be present and on time. When you schedule a meeting, a phone call, or anything…be there on time. Respect that others have their own valuable work and life too. You do not have the right to strip them of their time. They have blocked their time for you, keep to the schedule you set. Once you engage, stay focused on the person across the table, on the phone or online. Show you care, that you are a partner and you will be able to gain insight as to how you can help or support.
Serve others whenever you can. Once you meet someone, spend the time needed to learn how you might be able to help serve them with their challenges or opportunities. Serving doesn’t place you in a subservient role, but elevates you to a valued and trusted resource. Improving the lives or circumstances of others is a key characteristic of great leaders.
Direct your energy to the task at hand or person you are serving, and do not give less than that. If you find you cannot focus your energy on that one thing, or that client or relationship for the time needed, then maybe you aren’t working in the right role, with the right people or in the right relationships. We give energy when we are passionate and motivated. Learn what this is for you and you always have the energy to give.
Be honest with others about your intentions and be courageous to be vulnerable in your exchanges. Share WHY things are important to you about your work, about your life. Reflect your passion and emotion in a way you hope to receive. People you want to work with and who you want in your life will respect and appreciate this. Those who don’t won’t be deserving of your gift.