When preparing for his wartime mission a fighter pilot does not focus on quitting time. He concentrates on accomplishing the important mission his superiors have entrusted to him.
The entrepreneur does not approach her new enterprise thinking, “I’ll sink my money in this venture, put in some time, and hope it flies.” At great sacrifice she does whatever it takes to grow her business.
The current 56,000 Latter-day Saint missionaries do not focus their attentions on the end of their two-year missions. They fix their minds, hearts, and their very best efforts to serve and accomplish the desired end of enriching lives.
Fighter pilots, entrepreneurs, and missionaries share a common characteristic—a strong sense of mission.
They expect to sacrifice and give their very best efforts each day to achieve their aims. They apply their minds, their backs, and their talents. More importantly, they throw their whole hearts into the success of their missions.
They find joy in the doing and in the succeeding.
In contrast, many laborers focus on the time spent. “Is it quitting time yet?” They find more joy in the quitting than in the doing.
In my high school chemistry class I became much less acquainted with the principles of chemistry than I did with the second hand on the wall clock. I watched that second hand slowly creep around the dial and I continually calculated the number of remaining minutes. Obviously, I learned little chemistry.
In your families, in your employment, and in your volunteer service, do you feel a strong sense of mission or do you only feel a sense of how much time until you can quit or retire?
Do you look forward to each new day?
Do you embrace each new challenge as a barrier to be climbed as you push toward your goals?
Or do you continually watch the clock, calculating the time remaining until you can free yourself of your unpleasant labors?
If you find yourself more clock-watcher than entrepreneur, I encourage you to take action. Either you have chosen the wrong career or you have chosen the wrong approach to it.
To develop this desired sense of mission, you must believe in your work enough to throw your full heart into it. If you work only for money you will never find much joy in the doing. You must find the higher calling of your labors.
Focus your mind on the service that you provide to your employers, to your customers, and to your co-workers. Strive for daily improvement. Reach deep within yourself and give more than your employer and your customers expect.
Improving your attitude will improve the quality of your work. Doing so will divert your focus away from the remaining work time to the accomplishment of the aim of your mission.
Find greater joy in doing and you will find greater success.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. Dale Carnegie
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz
Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. Charles Swindoll
Happiness is not by chance, but by choice. Jim Rohn
If things are not going well with you, begin your effort at correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it. Roger Ward Babson
Excerpt from David DeFord’s book, I Wish to Be Useful. Find it at http://tinyurl.com/bookuseful