Your work matters to God, and your attitude can make all the difference in how you view your job and your career. Give your personal best at work so that it reflects your goals, values, beliefs, and faith. As you strive for excellence, you'll influence others in your workplace.
Dianna Booher uses a sports motif to coach you into a positive mindset about your contributions at work and finding your calling. You can accomplish your goals by focusing on these concepts:
Show Up—Learn your job well, be curious and ask questions, and keep the big picture in view at all times.
Own Up—Take responsibility for your work, your personal development, your reaction to uncertainty or “less-than-perfect” solutions, and the good of the whole team.
Follow Through—Seek support for your work, practice and develop the skills that matter most, understand the metrics for your performance, and know when it’s time to regroup or seek help.
Keep Your Focus—Find methods that keep you on task, stick to the basics, simplify processes, communicate clearly, take time to weigh decisions, and act decisively when the way is clear.
Run, Play Hurt, or Sit Out—but Don't Whine—Know your reputation, strengthen it, and protect it. Be a peacemaker and win over your critics. Recognize when it’s time to move on.
Sign On for Life—Take time to rest, to develop your skills, and to reflect on what matters most in life.
When you do find your true calling, your work will be a source of satisfaction and fulfillment—and you will be proud to sign your name to it.
With many employees facing burnout and feeling overwhelmed in the course of a work day, it may be too much to ask that they be willing to put their"signature" on their work as if it were an artistic masterpiece. Yet that is what Booher, a business consultant and author (Speak with Confidence; The Esther Effect), encourages readers to do. Drawing upon biblical examples as well as real-life business situations, she calls for personal integrity in the workplace and in all areas of life, asking people to offer their very best effort all the time. Booher employs a basketball metaphor for the whole book: readers need to learn to play offense rather than defense, admit their fouls, learn multiple plays, call frequent huddles, keep track of their stats, turn hecklers into fans and always practice as if it were a real game. Also, they need to enjoy the off-season and multiply any endorsement offers. This hackneyed analogy grows old quickly and actually detracts from the sound advice contained in the book, which calls for dedication, passion and commitment to a cause. Such a noble message of personal honor and professional thoroughness does not deserve to be undermined by a pervasively cheesy basketball analogy. Somebody call a timeout.