If we always did the best we could do, we would certainly excel and be recognized for excellent service and attitude, but we do not.
There is always something that holds us back from giving fully and that can be a variety of reasons. The most powerful one is the fear that if you go too far, you may make a mistake and then look bad. Our instinct is to protect ourselves in the interest of getting more in the future.
The problem is, that because we hold back, we never reach our potential and that means we do not increase our skills.
Holding back means we never really do our best and reach our full capacities.
The method of letting yourself go is a simple change in attitude from fear of loss to viewing every task, and day, as your last.
If you knew that today was your last day to live, or this job you are doing was the last one in your life, you would be more motivated to do your absolute best so that you are remembered for an amazing job, or as an amazing person.
You would not care about what people thought of you, if letting yourself go meant the possibility of embarrassment.
Perhaps in a business situation, it may be the right thing to walk away from the job and let someone more skilled take over. Or perhaps allow yourself to take some blame in order for things to progress, or give a little discount for your client to get the best deal. Maybe even work a few extra hours instead of taking a day off to keep the client happy and make sure there are no delays.
It may also mean giving so much in the job that you may lose money, or increase costs. You would not care about that because this is your last day so you do not care about having money tomorrow since you will not be alive to enjoy it.
Give so fully to everything you do, every day, and you will find the quality of your work, as well as your attitude and happiness, and most importantly the admiration of your employer or clients, will increase.
I hope today is not your last day, but I know that living as if it is your last certainly will make it your best day ever. Tomorrow along with every other just gets better and better.