From a recent Seth Godin post:
People have come before us, failed, learned, written it down. Scientists have figured out what works, and proven it. Economists have gained significant understanding about the long-term impacts of short-term decisions. And historians have seen it all before.
Seth goes on to explain that simply showing up and “winging it,” when it comes to business, is simply arrogant. Arrogant to think that we can show up without planning, without any sense of industry specific history. In other words, Seth is saying that we should bring our best to every endeavor.
Bringing the “A-Game”
I like that phrase. But apparently I use it in an entirely different manner than many folks understand it. Many folks that I have talked with point out that to them, “A-Game” means being your best or putting forth your best effort. This befuddles me, but I suspect that even Seth would define “A-Game” in a similar fashion.
To me, bringing my “A-Game” means that I am dropping all pretense and being exactly who I am, warts, wrinkles, weirdness and all. We should be bringing our best effort in whatever it is we are tasked with doing, no question. If you are tasked with cooking meals, you put all your effort into making the best meals you can possibly make. If you are tasked with raising children, you pour yourself into their rearing. I just do not see a moment where we should not bring our best.
But there are definitely moments in my own life where I do NOT want you to know that I have had a terrible time. I’m embarrassed to share with you that sometimes, there are folks that reject the best real estate services I offer. I am proud of the service I bring my clients. When I am rejected on that level, I am hard pressed to put on the happy face and keep moving forward.
Yet, if I hide that distress, bury the hurt, I am totally removing the ability for the folks around me to minister to my soul. I am also depriving the folks around me the ability to learn from my mistakes or circumstances.
Who am I to deny the Spirit’s work in my life? Who am I to deny my fellow brothers and sisters the example of the Spirit working me over?
Allow me to add to Seth’s commentary:
We have a game plan. It is written out in God’s message to His people.
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you. John 14:26
…to think that we know better.
…to think that we can do better.
…to think that our works are enough.
…to think that we can bring anything more valuable than His grace back to Him.
But by the grace of God I am what I am. 1 Corinthians 15:10