"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.
Autograph your work with excellence." – Unknown
This quote was so extraordinary – it really had an instant impact on me. It made me stop and think about whatever task I do in my life that it truly reflects on who I am. If you study this notion further, the completed result does show others who you are and what matters most to you. The “work” can be something simple as cooking a healthy dinner for a loved one or as complex as completing a huge assignment at your place of employment. You decide how much or how little of yourself you infuse into each project; how much energy you put forth and what you’d like the outcome to be. You alone decide what its worth is. If you think about it, often the majority of people will not have witnessed the efforts you did to create or master the task. Often, they only can see the finished product and are not cognizant of the skill, labor or time involved to accomplish something. Unintentionally, some may take what you do to get to the end result for granted. They may not be aware of your “work” behind the scenes or they may not truly value and appreciate what you created. Therefore, do you do something just to get it done or do you do something that shines as a result of your intentions?
What do you care about when you are accomplishing something? Do you go into the project with the expectation of doing it well? Do you focus on how your job affects others around you? I think it comes down to your attitude and your values when you initiate a new task. Whether you are at home or at work, no matter the complexity, whatever you are doing every day you really do leave your “signature.” I hope you will give some mindful energy on how you will leave your imprint.