25 Jun Is Your Best Any Good?
How often do you find yourself saying “I’m doing the best I can”?
It’s an easy go-to, especially when you’re stressed or you’re trying to do something new.
And while there’s nothing wrong with truly doing the best you can, a lot of times, “I’m doing the best I can” doesn’t really mean that. It means “I’m trying, but it feels like too much hard work, so cut me some slack”.
There’s a great quote by Seth Godin that says,
“‘Doing the best I can’ … is actually not the same as, ‘doing everything I can’. When we tell people we’re doing the best we can, we’re actually saying, “’I’m doing the best I’m comfortable doing’.”
If you just got uncomfortable reading that … chances are that it’s hitting a little closer to home than you’d like.
I’ll be the first one to tell you that doing great things isn’t always comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the secret is doing more all the time, or working harder than everyone else. As I talk about in my book Do Less, Get More, I’m living proof that you can create a business and life that you love while doing less.
But an exceptional life requires exceptional behaviour, which can be uncomfortable. It means that you have to be willing to face those hidden beliefs that are holding you back. It means that you have to be willing to make mistakes over and over again while still not succumbing to the feeling of failure.
It means that you have to choose what you’re going to prioritise in your life, and when everyone around you looks at you like you’re crazy, you stick to your guns. It means letting go enough to rely on other people to help make your dream a reality when you realise that you just can’t do it all by yourself.
And this is why a lot of people, no matter how much they talk about wanting to run their own business or write a book or run a marathon, never actually do it, despite living in a time with the lowest barriers to entry for starting a business and the greatest access to free tools for making their dreams a reality.
But then there are those who do…
Those people who keep pushing, keep implementing day after day, even if it’s just a little bit. Those people who step up and take responsibility for their own happiness, even when it makes them feel uncomfortable.
I’d love to know … Have you been using the “best I can” excuse — and if so, what are you going to do today to make a change?