Career/Life Coaching and Agreement # 4 ~ Always Do Your Best
Always doing your best is the foundation for keeping to the other three agreements: Be Impeccable With Your Word; Don’t Take Anything Personally; and Don’t Make Assumptions. Your best can change from hour to hour or day to day depending on your mood. When you are healthy or feeling happy, it will be better than when you are angry or jealous. If you build the practice of doing your best, over time it will become better. If you always do your best, there is no way you can judge yourself….there is no way you are going to suffer from guilt, blame, and self-punishment.
Perhaps you have a job you don’t like, and you just want to get each day over with and grab your paycheck on Friday. Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward. But most of us don’t live this way. Perhaps there is some way at work to take satisfaction from the little things you are doing. If you do your best, you can’t ever blame yourself. Is there some way to change your perspective and focus on what you are accomplishing and feel satisfaction? If you can’t find any way to make peace with your job, then it is time to look for something else.
What can you do to feel productive and happy and have energy for giving yourself to family, friends, and the community? You know you’re doing your best when you are enjoying the action or doing it in a way that will not have negative repercussions for you. If that is true for you now at your job….. great. Otherwise, it is time to take some action and make changes. Taking action is being alive. It’s taking the risk to go out and express your dream. Without negative self-judgment, ask yourself if you are doing your best in life right now. That is a private question, and from moment to moment, we each know our private answer and can let that be our guide.