We’ve all heard the tried and true expression: “Do your best!” Whether shouted at us while running the field of a little league sport or used to encourage us right before we step onto a stage, this phrase is constantly being tossed around. But what if doing your best meant taking action because you love it rather than because you’re expecting a reward?
As we grow, and particularly when we begin working, most often we only take action when we expect a reward, and we usually don’t even enjoy the action. Perhaps you go to work every day only concerned with payday. When you’re only working for money or vacation days, you begin to resent the work you are doing. You certainly can’t expect to do your best in these conditions. However, imagine taking action just for the sake of it and finding enjoyment in everything you do.
I’m not saying you don’t want the paycheck or the reward for your work, but shift the focus to doing the best work you can simply for the sake of doing the work. When focused on the details involved in your work, rather than what you want to get out of it, not only will your paycheck come, but you’ll enjoy many more unexpected benefits as well.