While most organizers I know are hard working, pedal-to-the-metal types, there's always a moment or two when even the most dedicated among us are tempted to give it a little less than the full effort. But the line between just doing enough and putting everything you've got into every piece your work is what makes you stand out -- whether it's a daily task like data entry, or a rare opportunity like organizing a major event with your candidate.
Here are a few things I keep in mind if I'm having a hard time putting my full weight into my work:
Dedication means investing in your efforts. You will have the personal satisfaction of knowing there was nothing more that you could do. Take pride in your efforts and, when you do succeed, you can revel in that success and avoid the nagging guilt that accompanies only passable efforts.
Dedication is infectious. Giving your all to a task is likely to lift those around you -- your teammates, your coworkers, the people you're trying to engage. Those who witness your dedication will step up to lend a hand, and they are likely to stay with you as long as you keep setting a strong pace.
Finally, dedication is memorable. The way to stand out and be remembered is to give every task your best effort. You'll gain respect from your coworkers that can only come in handy in dire circumstances, like your candidate losing, your company going bankrupt, or if you're in-between jobs.
Sometimes even the most committed among us need a reminder of why it's critical to stay at full speed. Those three points can always re-engage me if I'm not feeling 100% motivated.
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Ben Farley is Chief of Staff at NOI.