All of us want recognition on some level. I’m not talking about fame, but simply receiving recognition for our achievements.
It is a strong motivator often times even stronger than financial compensation. Recognition is a healthy part of any organization as it drives productivity.
Like most things in life, the need for recognition is a double edge sword. While it can drive productivity, it can also kill it.
Ronald Reagan said it best. “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
Often times our desire to be recognized holds us back. More importantly it can hinder the growth of the business, organization or even ministry. Dealing with people’s egos is tricky. I think that is what Ronald Reagan was talking about.
It is important to ask ourselves what is most important. Would we rather be recognized at all cost or would we rather progress be made? Ronald Reagan certainly received his share of the credit, but he also understood the importance of not letting that get in the way of progress.
We could all benefit from giving more credit away. Not only would it make the organization healthier, but it might even make us healthier in the process.
For many years if you asked me one of my favorite quotes, I might reply with “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
I would give that answer partly because I love movies and because I am a huge Star Wars fan. I also love the wisdom in the simple phrase. It addresses the mindset of fully committing to something and burning the bridges leaving no option for failure. Clearly, I still love the advice given by the greatest Jedi Master of them all, but maybe it isn’t right all the time?
What about the person who is sitting on the sidelines scared to get in the game? What about the person who is so concerned that their new product or business idea has to be perfect so they aren’t even taking action?
“Do it” implies that our attempt will succeed. If we don’t think we are “ready” yet, we may wait to do anything. Waiting, procrastinating, fear of failing is what keeps us from making progress. We are never ready. If we wait for the feeling of being ready, we may never act.
Who am I to challenge a Jedi Master? I’m just a normal guy. I can’t use the Force to send objects flying through the air. But I can try.
Maybe that is the right advice sometimes. Let’s just try. What if we don’t succeed? Well, let’s just try it. Let’s take the first step.
Let’s not be scare to try and fail. At least, we started. We should celebrate trying. It is a whole lot better than not trying. Once we are trying and taking action, Yoda’s advice makes sense when we want to master it. We have to fully commit and go beyond trying. But we don’t have to start there.
I have challenged a Jedi Master. I may have failed in my attempt, but at least I tried. I can feel good about that.
Are you a driven, goal oriented person? Are you a dreamer with huge plans to change the world? Allow me to offer a little advice that may be helpful on your journey to massive success.
Will Power! Have you ever felt like you needed more of it! Is there something in your life that you know you “need” to be doing, but you aren’t doing it?
We all know that trust is important in life. We generally think of trust in terms of our personal relationships, but trust is a major factor in our professional lives as well.
One of the greatest enemies of success is procrastination! It is a deadly killer of success. We have to battle it if we want to reach our full potential.
It is only natural that we want the easiest path to success. It is normal to want the greatest gain with the least amount of effort, but it isn’t the way life works.