(I mean: how seriously can you take nutrition advice from an obese physician?)
We all want to know that what we think matters. That what we do matters. That we matter.
Yet I’ve often observed that while we may readily agree to our professional ideals, if we do not sufficiently engage in the actions to evidence that belief, we court irrelevance and remain ineffective.
Why do I say this?
A lack of commitment in our responsibilities is always evident.
Compare two choirs consisting of amateur volunteers:
In the first, singers come late to rehearsal, don’t practice on their own time and don’t prepare as they would perform. They converse, joke and waste time through inattention as the director attempts to instruct them. They sing lazily, without exertion or mental engagement; sloppy diction and intonation is good enough. Their inept performances are lackluster, forgettable, and without conviction in the purpose of the concert.
In the second, the volunteers are serious in their music-making. They come early and prepared to rehearsals. They study their music, work to improve their skills and give respect and attention to the director. They take interest in knowing about the nuances of the music, and pride in contributing to the best they can make together. They practice with power and conviction. Their professional-quality performances are engaging, exciting, moving and memorable.
Similar results show among working professionals in their approach to developing skills, preparing for tasks, respecting their colleagues, and speaking and acting with conviction in the value of their work.
The difference between half- and whole-hearted, between nodding assent and solid conviction, between insipid and inspired is always evident in your job performance.
If you truly believed in what you say you do, how would that affect your day? Your attitude? Your actions? Your results?
You tell me. Or rather, you tell you!