Early in my career, I discovered an amazing quote by Vince Lombardi: “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” Let us take this quote apart and discover how it can be interpreted.
“Every job …” That means everything I do. Not just a vocation—but everything. My home, career, daily tasks, and actions. And not just outward, let’s take it a step further. Even my mind, will, and emotions. It is physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. Everything.
“… is a self-portrait of the person who did it.” Everything I do has my own, individual, unique signature. It is a reflection of who I am. If we really think about this quote, it gets deeper and personal.
“Autograph your work with excellence.” Wow, what a challenge! Make it my aim. Everything I do—with what? Excellence. High quality. Putting forth my best effort in everything.
A verse that sums up the purpose of pursuing excellence is Colossians 3:23. Whatever we do, we are to do it willingly and with enthusiasm. Aiming for excellence is not perfection. It is being true to myself, setting high expectations, and doing my best to reach them. There are areas in which I am not a master, and that is okay. Knowing that I am continually learning and improving is worth it.
Connections Challenge: Identify an area in which you aim for excellence. Are you putting forth your best effort? What can you do to more excel in that area? Be specific. For the next month, focus on and practice that one thing.
For example, you may have a relationship with an acquaintance or coworker who may be a challenge to get to know. If you know little about this person, start a conversation by asking about their weekend. It is a way to let them know you are interested in connecting with them. If you have a friend who likes coffee, stop by and pick up their favorite latte just because. The smallest things could make a difference in a person’s life and can open a door to strengthen the relationship.
P.S. This will be a weekly blog. Please visit again next Monday! Until then, keep connecting! Thank you.