Give your best, change the world

Talking to a friend of mine the other day, I was surprised when she mentioned that she regularly phones it in at work now that she’s reached a comfortable position within her company. She seems like a conscientious person, and I wouldn’t have thought of her as someone who would do just enough to get by.

This got me thinking. What if everyone did just enough to get by – and no more?

The way I see it, the world would have quite the problem on its hands. It’s people who are at their best – and giving their best – who make the world a better place. It’s the ideas that are nurtured from an initial concept to a full-fledged, well thought-out plan that move society forward – on all levels.

I encountered an example of this at the macro level when my husband (then boyfriend) and I decided to spend a weekend in Mesquite, Nev., a few years ago. At the time, some Mesquite hotels had a longtime deal going, something like $100 for two nights at one of their hotels plus one spa treatment or a round of golf. We grabbed the deal and headed to the tiny little town north of us for a quiet weekend.

For my spa treatment, I settled on a facial. My skin needed all the help it could get. I hadn’t had good skin since grade school and, worse, didn’t know how to take care of my skin to improve the situation.

As my beautician inspected my skin, she immediately asked if I typically wore a liquid base with mineral makeup over the top. Highly specific and highly correct. How on earth did she know that? She proceeded to explain that that’s why I was breaking out the way I was; she outlined a simple plan for me to take care of my skin and even convinced me to go makeup-less for the next few weeks to let my skin clear up. When you have bad skin, going makeup-less is not appealing, but I gave it – and her suggested skin care routine – a shot.

Years later, I still think of her and thank my lucky stars that she took it upon herself to go above and beyond for me. She didn’t just give me a facial; she gave me knowledge that would benefit me for life. What a difference my experience would have been if she’d phoned it in – simply given me a facial and called it a day.

There are those kinds of opportunities – chances to make a difference – everywhere, every day. Imagine what would happen if everyone made a conscious decision to do their best ALL the time. I’m a Pisces, so I’m a dreamer, but I imagine the world would look something like this:

  • People would work more efficiently. By doing so, they would increase their capacity and allow for the company to take on more business.
  • Having cut out the “fat,” companies would be able to hire more people to handle the new business they would then be able to take on.
  • With everyone doing their best, clients and customers would be happier with their service and waste less money searching for a vendor that suits their needs.
  • With everyone generally happier, people would start being nicer to one another, increasing overall happiness throughout the world.
  • Life as we know it would improve.

You with me?

It turns out my friend’s company doesn’t treat its employees very well, and, in turn, its employees reciprocate in kind when it comes to the output they’re willing to put forth. It sounds like a mess – and a blog for another day.

Melissa Biernacinski serves as Director of Media Relations for Imagine Communications. Email Melissa at mbiernacinski@weareimagine.com.

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