In a time where so many people are looking to do just enough to get by, we need to make the conscious decision to be the one who goes above and beyond. We need to be the one who refuses to settle. Refuse to settle for anything less than your best effort. Refuse to settle for second best. Refuse to settle for not going the distance. Refuse to settle for giving up. Refuse to settle for doing things halfway.
We can’t always control the results, but we can always control our effort and what we put into things. I think we should remove “good enough” from our vocabulary. Sometimes it can be all too easy to say, “well, that’s good enough”, but at the end of the day if the effort was just “good enough”, then it wasn’t our best.
Refuse to settle for “good enough”. Refusing to settle for “good enough” builds trust. When people see that you always give your best effort, they know they can count on you. I bet you wouldn’t ask a friend who you know cuts every corner possible to do something important for you. No, you’d want the friend who never settles for “good enough” and only puts forth their best effort to help you out.
Here’s a small example I heard a while back – shopping carts. Everytime I’m finished unloading the cart and am tempted for a brief moment to leave it propped up on the curb in the parking lot, I remind myself that I need to give my best even with shopping carts. It sounds silly, but refuse to settle for “good enough” even with your shopping cart. Be the person who takes it all the way back to the return stall or store entrance even if it seems like it’s three-fourths of a mile away.
It starts with the small things. Don’t settle for “good enough” in the small, everyday tasks and you won’t settle for “good enough” in the big things.
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