“No great performance ever came from holding back.” ~Don Greene
Immediately after reading this motivational quote, I think of two types of performers: actors and athletes. I want to talk about Jim Carrey as an actor. His great performances come from not holding back. Even though he has played serious roles, we associate him with over-the-top, bizzarre character behaviors. He is known for playing quirky, eccentric roles. Most of the things his characters say and do exhibit little etiquette or understanding of manners. He probably could have toned it down a bit. But, would we have come to love and adore him if he had? Would he have become such a huge star? How many laughs would the world be without had Jim Carrey held back and been less dramatic?
For the sports fans – let’s look at former Green Bay Packer’s quarterback, Brett Favre. This guy has close to a dozen NFL records. He is the only player to win the AP Most Valuable Player three years in a row. He has brought teams to eight division championships, five NFC Championship Games and two Super Bowls. He has been a starting player 297 consecutive NFL games! It’s pretty obvious that none of Brett Favre’s success or records came from holding back. It’s clear that he engaged his talents and performed to the greatest of his abilities.
We don’t have to be famous celebrities to apply this logic. It applies to parenting, our daily jobs, and even something as common as household chores.
Family situations can be ignored. Alternatively, we can tackle the issue head-on. It’s not easy, fun or desirable, but the results are worth it. You and your child will benefit from taking action, rather than turning the other way. The same is true in relationships. If a conflict comes up, work on finding a compromise. Fully engage in the situation and don’t hold back. Otherwise you may find the same issue coming up over and over again.
When we hold back at work, our job can become boring and frustrating. When we put every ounce of energy we have into doing a great job, we get satisfaction from a job well done. We feel accomplished knowing that we gave it everything we had, regardless of its success. Coworkers and management will notice a difference in performance, too.
This concept even works for doing chores. We can be sloppy in doing chores and it shows. Or we can be very thorough while cleaning. The second type of cleaner doesn’t hold back. They put everything they’ve got into keeping their home clean and it shows.
It seems at first like being careless, lazy and sloppy is the easy way to breeze through life. It definitely takes less effort up front. But what results does this behavior produce in the long run? You’ll find you’re left with greater troubles, more conflicts and harder projects – and a bigger mess to clean. What can you do today to demonstrate a great performance? Share your stories here or over on the Facebook fan page.