Some would say that I have an unhealthy obsession. I can remember, as a Little Leaguer, always wanting to be the best. In elementary school, I was the first one done with my classwork. So often that my teachers would make me do it over, even though it was technically correct. Just a little sloppy. Today, when I buy something, I use the internet to find out exactly which product has gotten the best ratings and reviews. I like to measure twice and cut once.
In our world, there is no longer any such thing as the best. Science and life and technology move at such a pace that all we can do is try to keep up. There will always be innovation and today’s best will be replaced by tomorrow’s value.
Being the best is a lifelong journey, not a destination.
For most of us, this journey consists of trying to be the best at a few core things. We can strive to be the best for our families. We can strive to be the best at our jobs. And we can strive to be the best for our communities. If we accomplish two of those three, we will make the world a better place.
To our families, this means that we are present when needed. We put down our smart phones and listen and hug. We instill values and work ethic and morals. We speak the truth to our kids, parents, and our siblings whether they want to hear it or not. We discuss God and the greater good. We gently punish mistakes and reward accomplishments. We provide unconditional love when needed.
In our career, being the best often means being a team player. We learn from mistakes and strive to make our teammates better. The truly great business leaders rely on their teams to succeed. Very few can succeed in a vacuum. Being the best at a job means paying attention and caring for the smallest of details. That is often what separates the great from the mediocre.
Many small towns are forced to rely on the efforts of a few. For a town to be the best, citizens must band together to support each other. Volunteers help to coach and teach our kids and run the city government. Consumers strive to shop at home. Businesses give all that they can to support events, festivals, and community outreach. Teachers and preachers serve us all. Since the resources are scarce, we must all do our share to make our schools and parks and city the best that it can be. If we don’t, our community will slowly decay and people will move away. Our kids and our economy and our growth are the future. We can embrace that or we can slowly become irrelevant.
My old ball coach used to say that we really only have one choice each morning. We can wake up and get better or we can wake up and get worse. Nothing ever stays the same.
Here’s to getting a little better every day!
Until next week, keep smiling.
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