If you were the best in the world at what you do, how would you behave?
A few years ago, I hopped on a plane and scuttled into a business conference in NYC.
While I was there, nervously crossing and uncrossing my legs in the audience, waiting for my mind to be blown and my game to be changed, the conference’s founder, Marie, asked a simple question, onstage:
“If you were the BEST in the world at what you do, how would you behave?”
I can barely remember what I had for breakfast this morning, but those sixteen words? I’ll never forget.
Whenever I feel off-kilter or unfocused, it’s those sixteen words that bring me back to my center, and bring out my best.
So today, I’m asking:
If you were the BEST in the world at what you do …
: Would you wake up at dawn, set your intentions for the day, and get cracking?
: Would you spend 15 minutes an hour on Twitter, or 15 minutes a day?
: Would you obsessively check your email, or would you keep your inbox CLOSED for the majority of the day?
: Would you agonize over other people’s careers — people who seem more successful and popular than you — or would you celebrate their successes and learn from their triumphs?
: Would you waste valuable energy fretting and frittering with minutia (document formatting, toilet cleaning, button mending), or would you hire professionals to help you create space in your life?
: Would you accept every new client, opportunity and request that comes your way — or would you choose your projects with gracious discernment?
: Would you raise your rates?
: Would you take a sabbatical?
: Would you sell your TV?
: Would you write a book?
: Would you hire an assistant?
: Would you do what you say you’re going to do?
: Would you make yourself more accessible, or more elusive?
: Would you take, teach or curate a course?
: Would you slice negative people out of your life?
: Would you learn how to meditate?
: Would you change your name?
: Would you change your entire daily routine?
: Would you change, simplify or straight-up kill your to-do list?
: Would you fill your days with objects, scents, music, textiles, fonts, colors, literature, systems, foods, festivities, experiences and HUMANS that make you feel strong / vibrant / galvanized / greater-than?
Would you scrabble along, or would you SOAR?
Think about those questions.
Then … go be MORE.