Have you ever had a problem, whether it is business or personal, that you were dying to get over? Have you ever felt like you have been trying so hard to fix a problem, exhausting everything you possibly could, but it was just not enough? Coming up with solutions to a problem is not easy, but it is even harder to find an answer that will make you and everyone involved happy. The one thing that you should keep in mind, no matter what the situation may be, is “Its not what you do but how you do it.”
Let’s think about the saying for a second. When thinking about your personal development and many ways to improve your whole being, the importance of doing the right thing ways heavier than doing things right. “Its not what you do but how you do it” basically reminds us that finding a solution might be temporary, but the approach will forever be remembered. You, as a person looking to be trusted and credible, want to be proud of yourself and the things that you do. You want to build a solid reputation and protect it from being tarnished.
But how can you truly be proud of the things you do? How can you incorporate the “Its not what you do but how you do it” teaching into your everyday life? Well, here are a few tips:
1) Remind yourself that everything you do has your name attached to it.
Even if you are doing nothing more than sending a piece of mail back that was placed in your mailbox, but belonged to your neighbor, think about this. Are you going to just give the mail back to the postman and have him put it in your neighbor’s box? Are you going to place the mail in your neighbor’s box? Or are you going to make a personal delivery to your neighbor? Things that you do will have an impact on your life, whether you know it or not.
2) Slowly build your reputation – the one you want to be known as.
Our reputation is the only thing in our lives that no one can make or take away. It is ours, and ours alone. We have the power to make it, expand it, fix it or tarnish it. Building a reputation revolves around you and your actions. If you want to be known as the reliable one at work, then be sure to give your all to the tasks assigned to you. If you are known to be a great worker, don’t limit yourself to the tasks you are assigned. Offer a struggling co-worker or an overwhelmed supervisor your time and assistance. If requested to be in the office early, do it every day. If you happen to be running late, then just let your client, co-workers or boss know in advance. Be accountable. That way, you will really build your reputation as the reliable one.
3) Know the role you play.
Anywhere you are, whether it is at work or at home, you have a role to play. If you are nothing more than a simple janitor, take pride in your work. In fact, an office or building will not function properly without you. You help prevent workers from being sick by keeping up with the sanitation and hygiene. Without you, everyone would not only get sick easily, but would be very unhappy in their environment because the bathroom would be disgusting and their offices will be a wreck. You are part of the big picture.
4) Learn what you don’t know
Employees are the very first line of defense in maintaining good relationships with clients. But if something goes array, and your boss is not around, you need to be aware of the options you have and things you can do to keep your customer happy. You may not be able to do something right away, but if your customer sees that you are trying to take initiative to keep them happy, that says it all! Again, its not what you do, but how you do it that will make you effective in your job.
5) Build trust.
Its all about your and what you do that builds trust. First of all, getting people to trust you and rely on you is going to boost your confidence a great deal. This will help you be proud in the work you do, at home or in the office. The more people see you as the “go-to man,” the more you will feel accomplished and proud.
6) Finally, be consistent realistic – stay true.
While you may feel like Superman who can only be slowed down by kryptonite, remember that your body and mind do have a limit. You can never please everyone, so it is important you take a step back from the tasks you are being asked to accomplish. Take a moment to see just what you need to do to get things done and how much time you are given. Don’t put yourself in the hotseat by accepting every task you are given, especially if you know you won’t have time time for it. Quantity is important, but quality is so much more sought after. Be sure to take the time in completing your duties, helping out those who may need your help, and be both the starring and supporting role. Be proud of what you do. Its not what you can do but how you do it.
So if you really want to find a way to build yourself up and develop a personal relationship with yourself, just remember that you need to be proud of the things you do. If you ever get to a point where you may not be happy about something your supposed to do, take a step back and just reflect on the situation. Don’t be too spontaneous in doing everything you are told to do. If it is going to hurt someone or reflect badly on you, chances are you don’t want to do it. If you don’t have a choice but to let someone down, remember to think about how you do it. Think about the way you do things and remember, its not what you do, but how you do it!