We live in a world hard-wired to compete. We constantly compare ourselves to those around us. We strive to be the quickest, know the most, or be the best. We want to prove ourselves. The truth is, there will always be someone quicker, stronger, or smarter than us. This year’s record-setting Olympic gold medalists will be surpassed in the future by someone else who breaks their record. When you set your sights on being THE Best, you are comparing yourself to others. When you do this, you will always find yourself coming up short.
So rather than trying to be THE best, I encourage you to be YOUR best. YOUR best maximizes the gifts and talents you’ve been given rather than THE best which is subjective and compares your accomplishment to others. Find your niche. What are you passionate about or enjoy doing? Do those things and give it all you’ve got. It’s fine to continuously improve or hone in on those things if you aren’t comparing yourself to those around you. A competitive mindset leads to envy, strife and stress. Let go of doing it all perfectly or the best. Those things get in the way of productivity and happiness.
As the Interstates team, having different talents and expertise makes us a more well-rounded organization. It brings value to our clients. Appreciate the skills of your teammates, but focus on what strengths you can do better and enjoy the journey of seeking your personal best.
As an individual, what goals can you set to help pursue YOUR Best? As a leader, what behaviors show you support those around you as they pursue THEIR Best?
Doug Post, Interstates Engineering President