Melvyn Tan
December 6, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

The Best Way To Do Your Work

[blockquote source=”2 John 1:6 (NIV)“]And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.[/blockquote] Time of Your Life I ordered the “Time of Your Life” program from Tony Robbins after at least pondering over it for the last […]

[blockquote source=”2 John 1:6 (NIV)“]And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.[/blockquote]

Time of Your Life
I ordered the “Time of Your Life” program from Tony Robbins after at least pondering over it for the last three years. The main factor that held me back was cost. I mean, these audio programs are not cheap. But other than cost, there is another factor that held me back – effectiveness. I mean, how different can a time management planning system be?

It turns out that the key difference between this and all other planning system was this – other planning systems focus on what you have to do.

Be-Do-Have
I’ve recently drew up three goals for myself. These are sort of lifetime goals. As I reviewed the notes that I’ve taken recently; I noticed a very interesting pattern. ┬áThe first goal is a “be” goal, the second a “do” goal, and the third is a “have” goal.
It is interesting because I believe that in order for us to fulfill our purpose in life, we have to start with the “be“. Thats the identity, essentially it’s about who we are.

Once we have established the identity, the next critical step is to ask, “how would we do it?

Best Way to do Your Work
I mean, I could have an identity of being an entrepreneur. And I want to provide products and services to help others meet their needs. In doing so, I would want to be rewarded in some financial terms. Now, question is, what is my disposition when I am providing the products and services? As you know, there are some companies that make you feel like, you should count your blessings to be able to use their services. And there are companies that provide their services in a delightful manner, but they may not be the best in their industry.

Question now is how would you do it? How, not so much the strategy but how as in what is the kind of energy would you bring when you do your work?

Show me the Plan
As I read today’s verse, I can’t help but ponder over Jesus and his disciples. I don’t think He showed them some five-point plan. I don’t even think that Jesus told them that there’s going to be a pot of gold at the end of the journey. In fact, they not only gave up their jobs, but also their lives just to follow Him.

Question
And in our current context, we are always looking for that strategic plan moving ahead. But more importantly the question we have to ask is: what is the best way to do your work?

Prayer
Father I thank You for guiding me through to my 90th devotions since I started in September. Father, I pray that You would open our hearts; the hearts of my readers and me, as we carry out our life’s work. That we do it love, as You’ve commanded so that our work would serve as a contributory growth to others. In Jesus name, Amen.