You remember the “Golden Rule” … “The one with the gold makes the rules.” No, just kidding … a little joke there. The real “Golden Rule” states, “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you.” That means, treat others as you would like them to treat you. When it comes to others around you, it is imperative that you respect them and the time that they have to work with.
As a society, we have fallen into an endless cycle where we are constantly putting ourselves on a schedule or trying to beat the clock. There are so many things that you want to get done, however there are only so many hours within each day where you can reach your goal. When it comes to others around you, it is imperative that you respect them and the time that they have to work with. After all, your schedule is not the same as everyone else’s and it is important that you look for ways to work around time issues that will be able to benefit everyone.
But, how can respecting others and their time contribute to the level of success you want to achieve? Keep in mind that success is a team sport and you will many times need the help of others to accomplish a goal or project. If you always are treating people with respect including their time, people will be more than thrilled to lend a hand. There is nothing a busy mover and shaker hates then someone to waste their time. Awareness is the best way to remember to respect others.
“Our attitude toward others determines their attitude towards us.”
~ Earl Nightingale
Stop for a moment and give some thought to how often you find yourself procrastinating when you should be doing something else. Perhaps you are working on a project with someone or for someone, but you have a strong lack of motivation or inspiration that is holding you back. You have to think about the person who is waiting for you to finish whatever it is that you are working on. They probably have a schedule as well and they are depending on you to get finished in a timely manner. A deadline is a deadline and you have to respect yourself as well as others and their time.
In business if you set an appointment with someone be on time, don’t be late. Being late only upsets the other person, but it also throws off their entire schedule. Also, it will make it extremely difficult to win back that persons respect and prolong or even eliminate any chance of doing business with them. If an emergency does arise or for some reason you can’t make the appointment be courteous enough to call the person and let them know you will be unable to make it and need to reschedule. They will appreciate it and the relationship will remain strong.
“Time equals life;
therefore, waste your time and waste of your life,
or master your time and master your life.”
Respecting others also means not picking on or making fun of others. Nobody respects a person who gossips or talks about someone behind their back. If you have a challenge or troubling situation with someone talking about it to someone else who can’t do anything about it won’t help the outcome. It is always best to show the person some respect and approach them individually to discuss the problem. No matter what the result they will respect you for keeping it between the two of you.
Plus, keep your promises and commitments, the quickest way to lose the respect of others is to renege on promises and break commitments. Your attitude and the way you think about and treat others will most certainly be a factor in you achieving success in your life. Again, life is a team sport and you can’t do it alone, but if you don’t respect others and their time eventually nobody is going to want to play on your team.
“Think first-class about everyone around you and you’ll receive first-class results in return.”
~ David J. Schwartz, PH.D.
Think about it … if you treat and respect people the way you want to be treated and respected, they will be happy to reciprocate!
Post by Jodi Nicholson, CPC MCSC