This quote is attributed to the Earl of Chesterfield, and it is great advice. Whatever it is that you are going to do, do not do it half-baked. Anything that is half-baked is not going to be a good dish.
If you are going to do something, commit yourself to doing it. Through the commitment process you will hopefully gain insights and understandings and strength because you know you are committing your energies to doing something beyond what anyone else would do. That is the attitude you should take; that you are going to be the best at it because you are willing to make a 100% commitment and not be a “just getting by” person.
Be an individual truly committed to making things happen. It is so easy to identify the different types of people. You have the “just getting by” people who do a minimal amount of work. These people will put forth the minimal amount of effort to get by.
This is a good time to introduce the four P’s: Plan your work, Prepare for the job, Project ahead (what is it that will interfere with accomplishing this to the best of your ability and completing this endeavor?), and Provide. Provide the understandings, energy and finances or whatever else is necessary for the planning, preparing and projecting, not only on an external level but, more importantly, on an internal level. This is the key to success.
Plan your work and work your plan with commitment and love. If you do not love what you are doing, you are going to be a “getting by” person because you are just trying to earn a buck and it has nothing to do with truly earning a living or enjoying life.
Find what it is that you want to do and go after it with gusto. If you learn later that it was not what you thought it would be then move on to the next. In that way, there will not be any regret later in life. Regret is a terrible energy to have to cope with.