How You Accomplish Your Work

Consider the words of the poets to encourage and motivate you to be the best you can be at whatever profession you choose. A thought about working is that we spend many hours doing this, if you don't enjoy what you are doing you are wasting your life. It is better to love what you do and make less money than to work for the money and hate it. Life is too short!

How You Accomplish Your Work
Poet: , © 2012

How you accomplish your work,
Says a lot about who you are.
As many other things can,
Life can be very bizarre.

Do you attack your work,
With confidence that goes for miles?
Or do you approach with fear,
Having trouble tackling the piles?

To have confidence in your work,
Means you are self assured.
You love everything about your job,
And feel very secure.

If you approach with fear,
You're usually not so sure.
The work you do makes you uncomfortable,
And you definitely don't feel secure.

It often makes me wonder,
How people work in jobs they hate.
Sometimes they have no choice,
And other times they sit and wait.

For those who have a choice,
To do the work they love.
Count yourselves very lucky,
And remember to thank above.

Be encouraged by this motivating poem by Poet Ellen Gates. If you are considering work but feel the work you are not doing is important then read this poem. No matter what the job it plays a role in the success of the company you work for.

Your Mission
Poet: Ellen M. H. Gates

If you cannot on the ocean
Sail among the swiftest fleet,
Rocking on the highest billows,
Laughing at the storms you meet;
You can stand among the sailors,
Anchored yet within the bay,
You can lend a hand to help them
As they launch their boats away.

If you are too weak to journey
Up the mountain steep and high,
You can stand within the valley.
While the multitudes go by;
You can chant in happy measure.
As they slowly pass along;
Though they may forget the singer
They will not forget the song.

If you cannot in the harvest
Garner up the richest sheaves
Many a grain, both ripe and golden,
Oft the careless reaper leaves;
Go and glean among the briars
Growing rank against the wall,
For it may be that their shadow
Hides the heaviest grain of all.

Do not, then, stand idly waiting,
For some greater work to do;
Fortune is a lazy goddess,
She will never come to you.
Go and toil in any vineyard,
Do not fear to do or dare,
If you want a field of labor.
You can find it anywhere.

"Replace the words, If Only,
with, I Will."

Catherine Pulsifer

What If
Poet: Julie Hebert, © 2012

Asking "what if this" and "what if that",
No good has ever come.
The questions that these words ask,
Are not as good as some.

"What if" really means the same,
As doubting what you've done.
You can't go back and change the past,
What's done is what is done!

"What if" also can be the words,
Spoke of thee unsure.
It's just like those who speak the words,
I'll try, instead of sure.

Saying words of so little power,
Is a wasted pun.
Not to mention the uncertainty,
You share with everyone.

Next time you find the words "what if"
Crossing your mind.
Replace them with more certain words,
Like "we should do" or "we should find".

The worst thing any of us can do is,
Doubt ourselves from the start.
So think about the words you use,
And choose words that make you sound smart.

Many of us work in teams today. The team work poetry we offer is one that offers wisdom about teamwork. An as we all know being in a team is all about cooperation and helping where it is needed. A team benefits everyone not just one person.

Teamwork Poems
Poet Unknown (thanks to Mandy for submitting)

Would you give your ALL for your team?
Would you give up time for you,
But give more to the team
If it would benefit the team?

Would you lay it all on the line for your team?
Would you gladly cheer from the sidelines for your team?
Would you take the time to say positive things to every teammate?
Would you be willing to be open-minded enough
To see everyone's point of view - your coach's included?

The one thing that "I" can do for a team,
Is to contribute the most "I" possibly can for my teammates.
Whether that is being a leader, a supporter, a motivator,
An instigator, an inspirer -

What "I" need to remember
Is that my part as a contributor helps my team the most.
When every "I" can come together as "we,"
Is when a team becomes successful.
When "I" am willing to do whatever it takes

To open my mind and see what is truly best
For my team, is when "I" become successful.
And that's what "I" wanted in the 1st place, isn't it?
Do you have what it takes?

Dig in. Contribute.
Open your mind,
Play the game.
Then, you will win.

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!" Og Mandino

"In order to achieve true self-esteem and self-confidence, you should be willing to accept that you’re more than capable – both of accomplishing the greatest of things and of making the biggest mistakes." Ryan Cooper

"Work and self-worth are the two factors in pride that interact with each other and that tend to increase the strong sense of pride found in superior work teams. When people do something of obvious worth, they feel a strong sense of personal worth." Dennis Kinlaw

I find that a man is as old as his work. If his work keeps him from moving forward, he will look forward with the work. William Ernest Hocking

While it's true that hard work is a critical ingredient to success, there is a point of diminishing returns - in every profession. There is a point where you're actually worse off by working harder. Michael Linsin, The Happy Teacher Habits: 11 Habits of the Happiest, Most Effective Teachers on Earth

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