The Importance of Professionalism

Have you ever hired a person to do a job and they didn’t deliver? Were you left with the short end of the stick? How did that make you feel? Or maybe you left someone else wanting more?

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Professionalism is one of the most important qualities you can find in a person these days. Some may even say more important than talent or ability. Sometimes I wonder if people aren’t being professional because they simply don’t know how. Before your start to do business, it is vital that you understand the practices that are common to that industries professionals. These are a few reasons why we  should strive to be more professional, especially if we are in business for ourselves.

1.        It is a reflection on your and/or your company

2.        You want to deliver exactly what you promised.

3.        Being professional will get you more jobs

Your reputation precedes you. If you’re known for being late or not giving your best ability, people will talk and they will tell.  “I hired with her one time and she did absolutely nothing she said she was going to do.” The saying, “bad news spreads like wildfire” is common for a reason.  You don’t want that person to be you. No one wants to be known as a liar. It’s simple, don’t commit to something you know you can’t do. If you’re going to be late, call in advanced. Like you, people seriously value their time. Don’t waste theirs or yours. If you’re asked to do something, and you agree, deliver! And last, communicate. If there is something wrong, it is good practice to always have open lines of communication. I’ve seen many relationships (professional and personal) get strained and eventually disintegrate because people weren’t sharing semantic space. When you don’t tell someone how you feel, your opinions or what’s causing a hindrance in your performance, you leave them to assume and speculate. When people assume they almost never assume the best.
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People sometimes don’t remember exactly what you said, but they remember how you made them feel. When you deliver the goods, people feel good. They’ll always associate you with a good feeling. Sometimes those feelings can even cause a person to remember things better than they were. They can rest assured, if you’re on the job, it will be done and it will be done well.

When you establish a good working/professional relationship with someone they will share that as well. Anytime they need your services they will come to you. If they know anyone else who need your services they will refer you. Happy clients equal more clients. More clients equal more relationships and partnerships which equal more work.

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In the professional world it’s all about building relationships. People like to work with those they enjoy being around. You have to decide before you even start working, what kind of relationship do you want to have. One that’s strong, pleasurable and profitable? Or one that’s frustrating and draining. You get out what you put in.

Comment below and tell me about a time someone lost your business because their professionalism disappointed you.

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My physical fitness progress

On my journey to physical health and fitness I have started jogging every morning at my alumni high school track. For 30 minutes I exercise alone, then at 9:00 I meet a childhood best friend for an hour of walking and talking. (Great bonding time)

This morning I jogged two laps and a 100 continuously. (900 m) This may not seem like much but the previous day I jogged 800 m (two laps) without stopping. I increased my nonstop distance by 100 m! I am truly excited. When I was 165 pounds I could easily jog a mile, now at almost 200 pounds it proves to be much more of a challenge.
I’m working towards an initial goal of a 10 minute mile. That’s pretty slow, I know but I would be truly proud of myself when I’m able to do it consistently. Not that I’m not happy or proud of myself now, because I am. My body feels great! I love the soreness and tightening of my legs back and arms (due to push-ups). It makes me feel GOOD, like I’m accomplishing something plus I’m totally relaxed the remainder of the day.
One thing I’m quickly internalizing is our biggest competitors is truly ourselves. Every day you must attempt to be the best you, better than you were the day before. There’s no need to compete with the guy next to you running a 6min mile. Do the best YOU possibly can, and that’s all you can ask of yourself.

Have a great, BLESSED and productive day!
I’ll keep you updated on my physical improvements.

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