I often hear people talking about the importance of setting goals for their personal life.…
Tip of the Week
Tip: There are 4 key words to success!
Over the years, I have come to see that the difference between good and great really boils down to four key words. I believe that almost everyone wants to be good in everything that they do. But, moving from good to great requires four key words. Regardless of whether it is in your marriage, with your children, in other family relationships, in business, in finance, or just in life in general…being great boils down to four key words.
What are those four key words? A little bit more! It seems so simple, yet it is so profound. When you decide that you will do a little bit more, you will pull away from the pack and begin to stand out from the crowd. Why is that? I think it is because, for the most part, everyone else wants to do just what is required of them and no more. Have you ever noticed how quickly people leave the classroom when a bell rings? Have you ever noticed how people leave work exactly on time…even if they didn’t arrive on time?
In a personal relationship it is easy to expect the other person to say and do everything just right in order to illicit a good response from you. However, the secret is for you to do a little bit more for them. If you do that, you will soon realize that the little bit more that you are doing is paying big dividends.
Recently I was with three of my grandchildren at karate lessons. I had taken some work to do while I was waiting. I was working on my computer when I noticed a young man straightening up chairs and cleaning the area. When he finished, I motioned for him to come over to where I was working. I asked, “How old are you?” He answered that he was 24 years old. I asked who taught him how to put up chairs. He smiled and said, “My father. He always taught me to do a little bit more. He told me that is where the secret to life really lies.” He went on to tell me that he had already purchased his first house and was learning that the next most important thing besides doing a little bit more was paying his bills on time in order to avoid having to pay a late fee. We had a good conversation and I told him that I was confident that he would succeed in anything he did in life because he had the attitude of giving a little bit more.
I would imagine that we are all in agreement with what I have shared, but the rubber meets the road when we start doing a little bit more.
In school I found that if I stayed a little while after the bell rang and asked questions, I was able to not only resolve some unanswered issues in my mind, but also able to build a closer relationship with my teachers. I find in marriage that doing more than is expected of me and not waiting for my wife to do things for me first, pays big dividends. And, I find that going the second and third mile in business in order to help customers and clients pays rich rewards as well. I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea.
I once heard that at UPS they do not pay for someone to clean their offices. Everyone is required to clean their own work space. They even wash their big, brown trucks every day. They say, “If we care enough to clean up our own area and to wash our own trucks, we care enough to get your package where it needs to be, on time.” You know what that sounds like to me? A little bit more!
So, are you willing to do a little bit more? Why not try getting to work a little earlier and maybe staying a little later this week? Look for something that you could do that you don’t normally do. Look for ways to put this Tip into practice. After all, a little bit more goes a long way in everything that you do!
Tip: There are 4 key words to success!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm