Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well
Try – To endeavor to evaluate by experiment or experience
Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary
Nothing in this world is a guarantee. We do everything in our power to ensure positive results. However, we only have so much control over personal and external circumstances.
Though we can only move a select number of pieces in the game of life, there are precautions we take to put ourselves in favorable positions. We essentially play the percentage on a daily basis.
Though we cannot guarantee ideal futures for ourselves, there is an important approach we all must practice:
“Get up and try!”
It seems like common sense, though many people are actually afraid to do this. There are various reasons why some may be unable to try:
- Fear of mistakes or failure
- Fear of fatigue or exhaustion
- Difficulties multi-tasking or managing time
One must certainly possess self-confidence in order to avoid or overcome the aforementioned obstacles. However, this type of self-confidence is not developed overnight. It is something that must be worked at over time. We sometimes need to try to believe in ourselves.
There is a major difference between trying and simply going through the motions. The latter requires completion of minimal required objectives through slim effort. Trying requires looking inward and offering all one has to offer a particular situation.
Trying leads to a positive domino effect. Trying yields a sense of satisfaction, even if immediate results are not prevalent. At the end of the day, you should sleep soundly knowing you held nothing back.
In the workplace, it is unhealthy to carry unrealistic expectations for yourself. It is unnecessary to be your own worst enemy. It is impossible to produce flawless results. Instead:
- Force yourself to embrace fresh opportunities
- Push yourself to always put forth your best effort
- Challenge yourself improve each and every day
Your effort is a significant factor in determining your level of professionalism.
As discussed in a previous post entitled “Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes!”, it is perfectly acceptable to fail on occasion. There is no success without failure. There is no failure without effort. There is no effort without trying.