By Robert J. Tamasy
勞勃．泰默西是領袖資產協會的傳播部副部長，這是一個總部在美國喬治亞州亞特蘭大的非營利組織。他也是一個有40年經驗的退休新聞工作者。他寫過一本書「最佳狀態的商業：箴言給今日職場的歷久彌新智慧」（Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace）。他也與David A. Stoddard合著一本書「導師之心」（The Heart of Mentoring）。要了解更多資訊, 可上網www.leaderslegacy.com 或上他的部落格www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com以及www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com 。
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「要有好的結束之秘訣在於願意不去完成每件事。」你如何回應這句話？這聽起來是否自私或自我中心？或者這提醒我們不要把時間精力花費在比較不重要的事？請解釋。 你對章伯斯所說：「好是最好的敵人」有何看法？ 在你的工作或你個人生活中，是否有什麼事或活動使你沒有專注在最重要的事上？若有，你可能會採取什麼步驟使那些事不會讓你分心？ 了解自己的優勢並努力去強化它，而不是花許多時間去使你的弱點更進步。這樣會有什麼益處？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
WHEN FINISH WELL MEANS…NOT FINISHING
By Robert J. Tamasy
During the recent Summer Olympics we witnessed a recurring principle at work: Getting off to a good start did not guarantee a good finish. Runners that grabbed an early lead sometimes fell to the back by the end of the race. Swimmers making a fast start lost to competitors demonstrating a stronger finish. Gymnasts looked good in the first part of their routines, but bobbles or slips cost them dearly.
In the past I have written about the importance of finishing well – and the difficulty in doing so. In the everyday work world we see the same phenomenon, at both ends of the spectrum: Admired business executives disgraced by ethical scandal. Young employees that start careers looking like future company stars, only to lapse into mediocre performance. How can we ensure the promise of a good start results in a strong finish? Consider this: A key to finishing well is being willing to not finish everything.
What does that mean? Some people are described as a “jack of all trades, master of none.” Basically that means excelling at nothing. Finishing well requires a clear sense of purpose, coupled with a good understanding of what you do well – and what you do not.
The successful person, the one that finishes well, is usually one who capitalizes on strengths by devoting most of his or her time and energy to areas where those strengths can be maximized. That might mean not finishing some things if we cannot do them well – or if they are not worth being done by us.
For instance, because I am a big-picture person, I have found it helpful for someone to oversee key details for me whenever possible. As I told an executive assistant years ago, “Your job is to catch things before I let them fall through the cracks” (as is my tendency). I am weak at handling details, and rather than putting considerable mental energy trying not to forget important details, it is better to find someone that is more skilled in that regard than I am.
Someone has said, “To get something done, find a busy person to do it.” But that might mean depriving someone else of that opportunity. As British devotional writer Oswald Chambers has said, “Good is the enemy of the best.” Applying that the Olympics, some of those athletes could have done well in other sports. However, they determined which sport they did best and concentrated on that. As a result, they excelled and became champions. Rather than being good at one sport, they became great at another.
Relating that reality to the workplace, there are many good things we can do as business and professional people. The question is, what are the best things for us to do – things that only we should do? Do those. The good things can be done by others. Here is what the Bible says about this:
Never lose your focus. We need to have a clear understanding of where we are headed and not let distractions and obstacles take us off course, even if they seem attractive. “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).
Keep your eyes on the finish line. What is your goal? What is your mission? These answers will enable you to distinguish the “good” from the “best” in your personal and professional life. “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran journalist, he has written Tufting Legacies (iUniverse); Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press); and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress). For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or his blogs, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com and www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com.
How do you respond to the statement, “A key to finishing well is being willing to not finish everything”? Does that sound selfish or self-centered – or does it serve as a reminder to not become consumed by less important matters? Explain your answer. What do you think Oswald Chambers meant when he wrote, “Good is the enemy of the best”? Can you think of any pursuits or activities that are preventing you from focusing on things that are most important at work – or in your personal life? If so, what steps might you take to free yourself of those diversions and distractions? What can be the benefits of understanding your strengths and seeking to maximize them, rather than spending great amounts of time trying to improve areas of weakness?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review additional passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 14:28; John 19:30; Philippians 3:10-11; 2 Timothy 4:7