[vimeo id="84952168"] Often many people feel disempowered and meaningless at their job and wonder if their work is actually making a difference, or maybe they feel as though their career is in a stalemate. We’ve all struggled with those thoughts, and most likely, we will struggle with them again in the future. The truth is that we must constantly strive to cultivate passion into our work. We must go the extra mile even when we don’t necessarily feel like it.
Not too long ago, a friend of mine, Mark Sanborn, wrote a book called The Fred Factor. It’s a great book that highlights how the power of passion for your work can turn the ordinary things in life to extraordinary things. If we’re honest with ourselves, it’s sometimes hard to stay passionate about our daily work, but The Fred Factor offers great ideas for developing drive and energy to have an impact. I’d like to talk about one of the points that really struck close to my heart.
Here it is:
Everyone makes a difference.
The simple truth of the matter is that you can make a difference. Regardless of your position or title no one can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional. There’s an inner drive in all of us to live a life of significance and of meaning. There’s nothing we want more than to push forward and develop the potential that is embedded in all of us.
Our circumstances can be difficult, but they still do not have the power to take away our attitude of excellence. I like how Mark puts it. He says, “While position never determines performance, ultimately performance determines position in life.” We have to adjust our mindset from thinking that we’re limited in our position or career, to understanding that each position has endless opportunities for achieving excellence. The more we choose to focus on the negative elements of our position, the less likely we are to have the impact we’ve been craving to have.
Stay encouraged. Stay focused. Choose to be exceptional today.
How has choosing to be exceptional impacted your work life? How do you cultivate passion in your job?