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Did you know that the more effort you put in your work will directly effect your stress, satisfaction, and quality of your work?
I kid you not! This tip will have you wanting to do better in all that you do.
High quality work reduces anxiety and stress. Follow the general principle of high quality of work in writing. Simply stated, the first draft should never be considered the final draft. The key to good writing is in the editing.
A story is told about Henry Kissinger, former advisor to President Nixon and Secretary of State that relates to quality of work. Kissinger submitted a report when he first started working for the government. His supervisor inquired if the report was his best work. Kissinger worked on the report for an additional two days—fine-tuning it and giving the report greater clarity before resubmitting it. Again, a similar inquiry was forthcoming, “Is this the best you can do?” The report was worked on for an additional day. After further revisions, Kissinger submitted his work with some anger and confidence asserting that the report was the best he could do. His supervisor said, “Good! Then I will read it.”
Quality work requires extra effort, but the satisfaction derived is well worth the effort.
When we feel we have not done our best, it hurts to hear someone say that we could have done better. Yet, our real mentors are the ones who won’t let us get away with inferior work or not producing what we are capable of doing. They let us know that they expect better from us.
Criticisms of our work can actually be positive feedback. Constructive criticism, when graciously given, can spur us to high-quality work while helping us build self-confidence.
Feedback shows us that we really can do better. This kind of communication improves our work quality. When we live with this mindset, stress is reduced and work quality inevitably improves.
Tip: To manage your stress, think of feedback not as criticism, but rather as a possible tool to improve your quality of work.
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