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6 Ways to Become Your Very Best

Updated on January 13, 2017
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Audrey's 7 years as a writer for Hubpages continues to be an exciting journey. She received 2 Hub awards for her writing.

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6 Tips To Get You Started And Do Your Best

The most important ingredient for accomplishing this act is discipline. It's been said that discipline is doing what you really don't want to do so that you can do what you really want to do. Let's look at some other qualities that are needed to help us do our very best:

  • Excuses be gone. We all do it. Making excuses is a habit and it's a bad habit. I've listed this as the first step. No more excuses. If it's important to you, you'll find a way and if it's not, you'll find an excuse.
  • Avoid distractions. Wikipedia says this about distractions. "Distraction is caused by: lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other that the object of attention. Distractions come from both external sources, and internal sources."
  • When we get a handle on minimizing distractions we accomplish so much more.
  • Work at 90 minute intervals. Take a break - go for a walk or exercise, This will keep your mind focused on the work at hand.
  • Stop procrastinating. This goes hand in hand with making excuses. When you are faced with a big project, break it up into smaller projects.
  • Don't settle for good. Human nature tends to settle for good. Good food, good relationships, good health. Jim Collins, author of the New York Times best-sellingbook, "Good to Great, stated "Good is the enemy of great."
  • Practice your skills. You will make greater progress as you practice and become better at what you want to achieve.

Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Well

My daddy used to tell me, "Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Well." He exemplified this in everything he did. He applied this notion even when polishing furniture. I would watch him as he diligently rubbed the polish in circular motions until the old used wood glistened. He would spend extra time on the carved legs making sure he got every nook and cranny. He took pride in the way every detail received the same consideration as the soft polishing cloth made it's way into every curve.

I didn't know then, as a little girl, how much my fathers example would influence my life. It seems that I have followed in his footsteps as I've consistently been told, "You give so much of yourself to your students." I do the same when I sing or perform a piano solo. The emotion simply pours out of me. Music brings me home, always to my true self.

Giving all I've got when performing ~
Giving all I've got when performing ~ | Source

Whatever you do, do with all your might

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Miracles happen when you do your very best
Miracles happen when you do your very best | Source

Don't Settle For Mediocracy

When you're looking for a piano teacher for your child or yourself, you try to find the best one in your area. You don't settle for mediocracy, you want a teacher who will give their all. You look for someone you can trust - someone who has a reputation known for getting good results from their students.

When you put all you have into all you do, you are exemplifying these same attributes within yourself. Even a small act, such as cleaning the kitchen can be a reflection on you, on your character. When you take pride in what you do, you are in a state of rapid progress. I'll bet you've never thought of cleaning the house, or washing the car and giving your all as you do, as being in a state of progression.

A little extra effort always gives a person an edge. As Charles Kendall Adams has said, "No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount of excellence of what is over and above the required that determines greatness."

Leonardo da Vinci

When Leonardo da Vinci was still a pupil, his elderly, well-known teacher asked him to finish a painting that he, the teacher, had begun.

"Young da Vinci stood in such awe of his master's skill that at first he respectfully declined. But his teacher would accept no excuse. He simply said, 'Do your best.' Trembling, da Vinci took his brush and began. With each stroke, his hand grew steadier as the genius within him awoke. Soon he was so caught up in his work that he forgot his timidity. When the painting was finished, the frail and weak master was carried into the studio to see it. Embracing his student, he exclaimed, 'My son, I paint no more!'

Why Should I Give My Best Effort?

It's really quite simple. When you strive to give your best you feel good about yourself. You know you have put all you have into all you do. No one can ask for more than this. People don't improve and reach their potential without putting forth great effort.

Composer and orchestra leader, Duke Ellington, used to make a simple but demanding request of the musicians who played for him. "Just give me your best," he asked. Ellington worked hard and expected the same from others.

I have this quote framed and sitting on my desk, next to my computer: "We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are."

Charles Dickens
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In Conclusion - Key Thoughts To Remember

This article will not do you a bit of good unless you are willing to put forth whatever effort is needed to make changes in your routine. Pursue change, and do it a little bit more than you have in the past.

  • Don't change your circumstances to improve your life. Instead, change yourself to improve your circumstances.
  • The standards you set for yourself should be higher than the standards anyone else would set for you. In the end, you have to live with yourself, judge yourself and feel good about yourself.

Dale Carnegie said, "Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. (Like cleaning the kitchen.) Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger."

Do you know that Dickens's first three major works - Sketches by Boz, The Pickwick Papers, and Oliver Twist - were examples of his practicing his craft to sharpen his talent?

In his twenties, Dickens was not unlike other youthful authors. Even though he was a genius, he had artistic ambitions that he was not yet technically equipped to fulfill, and he used his first three books to write his way toward fulfilling them.

During his thirty-five-year career, Dickens wrote more than a dozen full-length novels (some are considered masterpieces), several travel books, and numerous Christmas stories. He also edited various monthly magazines and traveled extensively giving readings of his work. He was probably the most popular author in Britain's history.

But as talented as he was, he didn't start out at the top. Even a genius needs practice to sharpen his talent and reach his potential.

I sincerely urge you, as I do myself, to put all you have into all you do. Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, others only gargle.

Birthplace of Charles Dickins - The Greatest novelist of the Victorian period.

Resources

John C Maxwell. Talent is Never Enough- 1947

Wikipedia.org

http://www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=1251&d=2&c=6

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      ezzly - Your kind comments have lit up my heart! Thank you so very much. I really appreciate your voting up and sharing on twitter. Take care.

      Audrey

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      I can't say enough about your positivity! You are so inspirational love reading your work, voted up and sharing on twitter ;)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      wheelinallover

      I'm so glad you took a minute to leave this excellent comment. How true your words are! Now, you deserve a good night's sleep. Have a good day tomorrow and thanks!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 2 years ago from Central United States

      It is past my bedtime and I am exhausted yet I felt I had to leave a comment.

      No one is born knowing everything so even the best had to start somewhere. Success can only happen for people who take the time to learn their craft.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Stephanie Henkel

      Your mother was wise and your parents set a fine example for you. Obviously it worked because look at you now! Thanks my friend.

      suzettenaples

      You have said it well my friend. "Everything we do is much more meaningful to us when we give it our all. So very true and thank you!

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great piece of writing, Audrey! I love your suggestions and tips as they are so spot on. Everything we do is much more meaningful to us when we give it our all.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      My mother always said the same thing, "Anything worth doing is worth doing well." As a kid, I sometimes wanted to rush through a job, but my parents both set an example of putting their best effort into whatever they did. Doing the best that you can do at whatever you do is so rewarding. My major problem is procrastination! Thanks for the tips on overcoming it!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Victoria Lynn - Well, you've helped to remind me to get going on my website:) See? We all help each other. The race for doing our best is on (you and I) - which of us will finish first? :)

      vespawoolf - I'm not at all surprised that this has been your motto my friend. It's easy to see by your wonderful writing that you live "doing your best." Thank you.

      abbaelijah - Thank you for your second comment. Blessings to you.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      Doing my very best has always been my philosophy in life and I believe it applies in every area of our life, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Dickens' example is very inspirational. It's true that being successful takes more than talent. We need to work hard to reach the top in our field. Thank you for this useful and inspirational article!

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      "Good to Great, stated "Good is the enemy of great."

      "No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount of excellence of what is over and above the required that determines greatness."

      Yea ! those are true saying

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great advice, Audrey, and very timely for me! I've been dragging my feet launching a website because I procrastinate, I'm afraid, I'm distracted, etc . . . . I need to forget the excuses and just plug away and work on it--and get it done! Thank for a great hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      abbaelijah - Hello my friend. Thank you for reading my hub and taking the time to comment.

      LadyFiddler - I always know when I have not done my best. And that's when I start making mistakes :) Thanks.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      uh huh this is so true if you cannot do something good and done is better you don't do it at all.

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      Useful and interesting hub !

      I love the quote in your conclusion 'Don't change your circumstances to improve your life. Instead, change yourself to improve your circumstances.'

      Thanks for sharing !

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Maria - Your kind words mean the world to me. My father was a remarkable man in many ways. He will always be my hero. I remember the day he was told his leg would have to be removed. His reaction to the doctors was, "Don't look so sad - I will have a new one in my next life." It's okay.

      You have given me such terrific votes here and I thank you sweet Maria. ~ Hugs - Audrey

      Thelma Alberts - Thanks so much for being here and for taking the time to read my hub and leave such nice comments.

      tsmog - I can't begin to tell you how your beautiful words touched me. Your expression of how the phrase "Don't change your circumstances to improve your life. Instead, change yourself to improve your circumstances." caused you to re-read it again really warmed my heart.

      I am grateful for your comments and I am grateful for you, Tim. ~ Audrey

      Hello Ruchira - Thank you. Any area in our lives that we excel in does take unending discipline doesn't it? You are a friend and I'm grateful. ~ Audrey

      midget38 - How kind of you to be here and to share your comments with me. Thank you so much ! ~ Audrey

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, Audrey...we simply have to do our best! Thanks for sharing!

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      Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

      wow! such sound advice, Audrey. I am pretty sure you are one talented singer with so much discipline.

      Wishing you the best :)

      sharing these encouraging words across

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello Audrey. The article grabbed my attention. The information enticed interest growing with each paragraph filled full of importance for striving becoming better. And, this for me hit the nail on the head . . . awakening me to reread with a nodding head.

      "Don't change your circumstances to improve your life. Instead, change yourself to improve your circumstances."

      A very worthy article of great value offering realizing self-worth. Thank you for sharing, writing, and presenting wisdom from experience.

      tim

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      What a thought provoking hub! Why give just a half effort when you can give the best of yourself? Thanks for sharing and have a nice week to come. Shared!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Audrey,

      You have learned such a valuable lesson from your Dad.

      This is an inspirational, hopeful and motivating piece of work, not surprising from you. Voted UP and UABI.

      Have a peaceful Sunday. Love, Maria

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello fiftyish - Yes, my Dad would like the way you think, and I do too :) Thank you for being here and taking time to read and comment on my hub. Means so much to me. Enjoy your day (or night.) ~ Audrey

      Millionaire Tips - Thank you for your wonderful message. Doing our best can leave us with a great feeling.

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      This is a powerful piece. So often we have learned to settle for mediocrity - you can do more only if you lower your standards and do what you need to get by. You are right, we need to be doing our best, even if it means we do fewer things.

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      Andy Aitch 3 years ago from UK & South East Asian Region

      Your dad and me are from the same mold by the sounds of things Audrey.

      I've often been accused of having an unhealthy obsession for perfection. Perhaps this is true in some respects, but it still means that polishing the car, ironing a shirt, or mowing a lawn, for example, is done to the best of my ability, and that makes me feel good (as you point out in your hub), even though these things do at times, for reasons unknown, irritate others.

      Why put off till tomorrow, that which can be done today, though I guess most of us are a bit guilty of this at times, but procrastination rarely makes one feel better about one's self.

      Great hub, voted up.

      Andy Aitch

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Nadine - How nice to see you here. I've been thinking about your comment, "The moment we change ourself the rest follows." Very thought-provoking and how true this is. Thank you so much. ~ Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sunshine - I, too get distracted, so I put all I have into being distracted :)

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Nell - Carnegie has some powerful quotes and this is one of my fav's. So nice to see you here and hope all is well in your world. Thank you ~ Audrey

      rajan - I, too would have enjoyed seeing your uncle and my father working together on a project. I am so grateful that I was taught by his example when I was young. Thank you for the vote and rating. Enjoy your day!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a great hub Audrey. This is a very powerful statement. Don't change your circumstances to improve your life. Instead, change yourself to improve your circumstances.The moment we change our-self the rest follows. Thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      teaches12345 - You are one person who doesn't need a 'pep talk'. You give so much of yourself Dianna. You could be the president of "Put all you have into all you do" club:)

      Jodah - Thank you for your nice comments and for taking time to read this. Your support is just wonderful. ~ Audrey

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I have to work on not getting easily distracted. So far, not so good. Thank you for sharing the tips and advice.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Martie - I love the song! I've never heard it before. What a joy it is. And I also love your motto, "Tomorrow is another day" and "I don't have to be perfect in everything I do".

      I always learn from you. I, too have spent my life giving away my own energy to others. And it has taken it's toll with my body, illnesses and stress.

      But now, like you, I have set boundaries for myself and spend my time doing the joyful things I love to do. Life sort of provided me with the opportunity to do this in a way I never imagined.

      I really do believe that if we lived in the same area, we would be best friends. I love everything about you Martie. Thank you ~ Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      carol7777 - I'm so glad you took time to read my hub and leave your comments for us all to learn from. Thanks Carol.

      Vellur - Somehow, I knew you would agree with this philosophy as proven by your excellent hubs. Thank you.

      dahoglund - Great to see you here. There is a good feeling that comes to us when we know we have done our best. Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This hub reminds me of what my maternal uncle told me when I was young; to be the best in whatever I did. Your dad would have got on fabulously with my uncle I bet.

      Giving your best is the key to achieving excellence. And no work is small, only the effort is!

      Voted up and useful and sharing.

      Have a good day, Audrey!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, I particularly like the remark by Dale Carnegie, its so true, even the small jobs done well will make you stronger. This is great Audrey, wonderful hub! voted up and shared, nell

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well Audrey, you certainly practice what you preach with this hub. You put all you have into it and made it a great example. Thank you for the good inspirational advice. We all need encouragement to give our best and not settle for "good enough". Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I appreciate your pep talk in this article. Yes, we must strive to become our best with our talents.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      tillsontitan - You, my dear friend, have been a strong example for me to follow ever since signing up for Hubpages (going on 4 years.) The best way to learn and succeed is to study an expert. And you...are just that.

      So, you can see, that your positive and caring comments mean everything to me. ~ Audrey

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Audrey you have such a fantastic way to inspire and encourage!

      "Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Well", is also my motto. However, in the past I have loaded too much on my plate, consequently I have found myself every 9th year in the terrible state called "Burnout" - a condition that requires a recovery program of up to 2 years. I have promised myself the last time to never end up in this state again, so I have acquired the motto's: "Tomorrow is another day" and "I don't have to be perfect in everything I do".

      I have also learned the hard way how to say 'no' (to myself and others) and how to delegate and how to live with the fact that others may not be able to perform a task just as well and thoroughly as I.

      When I review my life I often regret the fact that I have put in so much energy and pride in the things I have done, neglecting myself in the process and depriving myself of fun and time to smell the roses. Because, really, the only award/reward we get in this life lies within ourselves - that wonderful feeling of knowing that we have done worthwhile things well. This reward implies that when we are eventually in the stage where I am in now - semi-retired, spending a lot of time with the BF (catching up on all the fun I have missed) - we don't feel guilty because we refuse to consider our job, or whatever obligations, as more important than our health, peace of mind and our right to smell the roses.

      Excellent and most inspiring hub!

      A song especially for you - http://youtu.be/_wdDcxTxysU

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Crispsp ~ Actually, I'd really like to be a motivational coach - want to be my manager? :)

      Sincerely though, when I hear that I've motivated another person, I glow with joy!

      Thank you for all the wonderful votes and especially the 'love from the sky.'

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Audrey - I was hoping that you'd like this. 90 minute intervals for practicing works for me too. Thank you dear lady - Audrey too :)

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mckbirdbks - I know what you mean. I've seen to many people really become successful being at the right place at the right time. And plain old lady luck helps too. Thanks Mike.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      denise - It truly is and I like what you said about choosing positive action because it brings others up with us. Thankyou.

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Audrey. You and your father before you exemplify a winning philosophy. I could not agree more. Though I do not feel it insures success, as they say, 'It couldn't hurt."

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Amen! You have said it perfectly Audrey! Was it Woody Allen who said something about success is a function of just showing up and doing the job everyday??? Something like that--I like the idea of discipline and 90 minute work intervals--perfect for practicing!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Doing our best is a great way to keep our feelings of self-worth in the positive realm. As we choose positive action rather than inaction, we bring others up with us!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Manatita - I am honored to be called your spiritual sister. Thank you for finding my article excellent. Blessings to you ~ Audrey

      AliciaC. - Thank you so much for sharing your feelings about my hub. Happy days!

      srsddn - It's my pleasure to share my thoughts put into the written word. Thank you.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Audrey reading this comes as no surprise. Everything you do excels and now you have just given us another reason to see why. Giving it our best shot is the only way we will succeed no matter what "it" is.

      I agree with CrisSp!

      Voted all but funny.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I like your very last sentence...no, wait, I love it actually: "Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, others only gargle." -- So, true!

      Very motivational hub. I'm pretty sure you'd be a perfect motivational coach as well aside from being an excellent voice coach.:)

      Voting up, beautiful, pinning and sharing.

      Love from the sky~

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Sometimes I am better at theory that practice. I need reminders sometimes. I believe we all do. Thanks for the advice and reminding us to seek to be the best. sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, positively inspiring. Anything worth doing is worth doing well - I totally agree.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      As I really don't write here anymore I rarely stop by. The title of your Hub got me really interested. This philosophy is so true...and if we take time to perfect all we do--success will not be elusive.

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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Audrey, you have given me food for thought. You Hub is quite inspiring. Thanks for sharing beautiful ideas.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      VVanNess - Thank you for being here. I feel wonderful knowing that you've found my article to be motivating. Happy Days!

      always exploring - Do you know how much your friendship means to me? I remember how supportive you were to me over three years ago when I first joined HP. And to know YOU is to love you. I suspected that you are a lady who always takes pride in what she does. How great this is! So pleased that you found my hub inspiring. This is my goal. Thank you and happiness to you.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear ps - Your mama did the right thing. Your comment, "That has helped us (my sisters and I) to climb mountains and do things we otherwise might have not attempted" is exactly right on. I and my sister have said this many times. We didn't like her high expectations at the time, but now we can see the wisdom behind them. Thank you for speaking about this and a big thanks for my angels.

      FlourishAnyway - How grateful I am to hear that this hub is motivational. Dickens and the fine character that he displayed encourages me and how nice that you appreciate him too. Thank you so much!

      Jackie - Your last line really has touched me. I have tried my best as a vocal coach to include being an inspiration to my students and since hubpages, to inspire my readers as well. The thing is, my friend, it takes one to know one. You recognize in others what lives in you. Thanks for dropping by.

      Dear tailfeathers, er, uh, I mean billybuc. You and my father have the same, fine, qualities. There have been times when I felt certain that we are related. How I would have loved to see you both engaged in conversation. Wow! There would be no excuse for me not putting all I have into all I do. :) Thank you precious friend for reviewing my hub and leaving such uplifting comments. Happy days!

      Hi b.Malin - Dale Carnegies, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" must have been the pioneer book that started it all. With all the 'gurus' (and I say this respectfully) that have come along since Carnegie, one can hear the teachings of this wise man. Dickens is a rare example to us of greatness and the way he used his talent. Thank you for confirming that my hub is important and helpful. Take care.

      Bravewarrior - The line you mentioned in my quote is important. Sometimes I feel it is only applicable to me, but I know almost everyone deals with difficult circumstances at one time or the other. And it is we who must change because there is little we can change about our circumstances.

      I appreciate the time you've taken to read my hub and to leave your thoughts. You are indeed a diamond, Sha and spread your light to us all!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very inspirational and motivating hub, Audrey. I love the advice that you share!

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      Manatita 3 years ago

      •Don't change your circumstances to improve your life. Instead, change yourself to improve your circumstances.

      Extremely profound. A super-excellent article, my spiritual sister.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wonderful Audrey! The video moved me to tears, if every person would watch, there would be no more excuses. Your father dusting was relatable to me. I love to make my home shine. I think most of my distractions are internal. Your article is beautiful and very inspirational. Thank you..

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      What a great motivating article! Kudos!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Audrey, what a brilliantly motivational piece! I particularly like this line: "Don't change your circumstances to improve your life. Instead, change yourself to improve your circumstances."

      And this one: "Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, others only gargle."

      Superb article, Audrey!

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      What a Wonderful and Inspiring Hub, Audrey. Brings back memories of having read Dickens, he gave us so much time and talent... and Dale Carnegie's "How to win Friends and Influence People" in high school, gave me an insight to what life was all about.

      Doing our Best is important and the 5 steps Rules ring loud and clear.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I see so many people making excuses about why they can't do something, or freezing in fear of stepping out of their comfort zones...and honestly my dear, I don't understand it. Life is just too damn short. I want to live life like my tail feathers are on fire. :) You are beautiful; this message is beautiful; have a beautiful day.

      love,

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very good advice and interesting information. You make a great coach in much more than the vocal. ^

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This was extremely motivational, and I enjoyed especially the discussion of Dickens. Most of us don't start out at the top and must fail, work at it, get better, struggle, etc. This is a good rah-rah hub that encourages us all!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      That is so true. coming to this realization can make a huge difference in our lives. My Momma always taught us that she did not expect perfection; she only expected that we would give it our all and do our very best. That was all that was asked of us.

      That has helped us (my sisters and I) to climb mountains and do things we otherwise might have not attempted.

      Giving up and giving in was not an option.

      The closing to this article is spot on!!! voted up up and away Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico

      As an ageing underachiever, much of what you say gets me where it hurts.

      Lots of good advice here...must go and wash the brekky dishes!

      Bob x

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Faith - You are the first reader here and I thank you so much. You've brought me such a warm feeling. I love the 2 quotes shared by you. I'm going to get both of these for myself. And thank you for sharing. But most of all, thanks for being you.~ Audrey

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Audrey, this is beautiful and profound! Yes, why take the time out of your life to do anything halfway? If you are going to do that, just do not do it at all. So, we truly should do our very best in all things. I am reminded of two prints I have framed in my office that remind me of this hub here. One is a quote by John Ruskin, "Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort." The other one says, "What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it."

      Thank you for this excellent write here! Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings and hugs,

      Faith Reaper