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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Can You Honestly Say…

“I am doing my best?”

If not you may be passing up many opportunities to exceed everyday.

CanYouSayYou can do that with a smile and by saying hello to a perfect stranger. It may be just what they need at that moment in time. You have to admit there have been times when a smile may have been just what you needed too.

You can do it by helping others help themselves.

Complimenting co-workers about a job well done is a very easy and affordable way of showing gratitude and appreciation.

“The inauthenticity between how we live life and the truth we know about it comes at a steep price.” ~ Parker Palmer

Do your best work by becoming part of the solution instead of being a part of the problem. Do your very best on every task and on your everyday interaction with everyone you meet. Are you doing the best you can? It’s good to ask yourself that question from time to time.

Learning to be happy with yourself plays a big part as to whether you will do the best you can. Are you enjoying your life? Distract yourself by doing something good for someone else. I find joy in doing something for someone else without letting them know that I did it. Let someone else claim the credit for some idea or something you did.

You may think you don’t have time to help others – but you do! You never have time to do the things you don’t want to do. Attempting to do your best brings out the best in you. It feels good to assist others!

It’s time to stop telling people that you are doing your best, when in your heart you know better. Stop looking for a pat on the back in order to validate your lack of effort as a sincere attempt at doing something extraordinary.

“Perhaps the one thing that is keeping you from achieving all of your goals and living out all of your dreams is your attempt to do your best. You don’t really know what you are truly capable of. None of us do. Doing is exciting. It creates. It breeds accomplishment. Fulfillment. Peace. It has unlimited possibilities. It comes naturally.” ~ Marc Ensign

We must DO more for ourselves and others. The “doing” is what is important. It may not be your best, but then, “What is your best?” I’m sure you have had times when you thought you were doing the best that you could but whatever you were doing was not enough. I would suggest that it “was” the best you could do at that moment in time. Next time, with a similar circumstance, you may very well succeed by doing better.

“It doesn’t always come together in an instant and it’s not as simple as just telling yourself to be more confident, more self-assured or more focused.” ~ Michaela (Founder of

Being your best at something begins with baby steps. Hand a bottle of water to a beggar on the median.

It’s also time to unleash your creativity and live it everyday with passion and an intention to put forth more effort and do more for yourself and others. Doing your best is about you and your relationship to yourself, your family and your friends.

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. Excellence comes not from education, money, ability or connections alone. It comes from a commitment to do the very best with whatever you have available.” ~ Ralph S. Marston Jr.

If you’re not doing your honest best, do “something” different and better. If you are doing your best, celebrate it and enjoy the contentment and joy that follow.

Don’t wait another day. Step out of your comfort zone. Declare a new intention to do more for others. No holding back. Reconstruct a vision of higher standards for yourself. Get out of your own way. No more negativity. Don’t give in to mediocrity. Stay on the right path. No more excuses. Just DO!

CLoveLOGOCopyright © 2014 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.

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