Who are you listening to?

When you are all alone, and no one else is around, who are you listening to? We have many small voices in our head. Some will tell us to do the right thing, some will say to take the easy way, and some are probably telling us to just leave it alone. Everyone has those little voices in the back of the head, and they seem to always have a suggestion. The question becomes which ones you are listening to.

Many times, it looks as though doing something expedient would be better than doing something right. In fact, this is often a shortsighted view. Sometimes there will be a voice that tells you to do all kinds of things over and above what would be required. And sometimes, it turns out that this would be unnecessary overkill.

If you’re trying to listen to the voice that urges you to do a good job, not to overdo things and to make sure the job is done right, you are probably on the right track. And the benefit of this track is that you don’t have to worry as much later on. Everyone around you will start to notice the output and appreciate your caring interest.

Minimums are easy to accomplish. They look good on the bottom line. Less time and less money in the job done. The question is, will you have to revisit the task again later on to make corrections, or shore up the work that had already been done? That little extra work, in the beginning, may take a little bit longer, yet it may easily keep you from having to revisit the same tasks with those costs affecting the bottom line for years to come.

You will know which actions are right, and which actions will lead to overkill or minimalistic work. The question you need to consider is, how do you want to be remembered. For that question will tell you which way is the right path for you to take.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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