Do you know what being good enough means? Good enough means you settled. You lowered your standards. You don’t think you or your clients deserve better. It also means you are playing small.
Good enough means you are in a pool of mediocrity. And fear perpetuates mediocrity. What are you putting off to avoid possible failure? Is there an area in your life or business where you say “I can’t.”?
Do you have excitement in your life or your business? Or is it really hard to get out of bed in the morning? I don’t mean it should be easy to get out of bed at 4:30am when your geriatric dog needs to go pee. It is dark out then. And it is nice and warm under the covers. But if the sun is rising, do you roll over and go back to sleep or do you bound out of bed excited to see what went on while you were asleep?
Above, I shared a story about a cheerleading team who decided to be better than good enough. The girls have a plan and are taking firm actions to be great. They don’t have to change much. As far as I can tell (and my daughter confirmed), they added a lift at the beginning and made two stunts a bit more complicated. The same music medley will be played. The same athletes are participating. The coaches and uniforms are the same. They made three modest changes and are now focused on flawless execution. They are going from good to great.
As you ponder these thoughts over the weekend, I’d like you to realize a few things. First, you change lives, whether you are a house cleaner, coach, virtual assistant, or a doctor. Next, losing is a part of winning. There is Wayne Gretzky’s quote about missing 100% of the shots he didn’t take. Or the many iterations of the light bulb that Thomas Edison had to go through before finding success. Or Michael Jordan… You get the idea. Lastly, I don’t want you to mistake good and great with perfect. Perfection is an illusion which sometimes paralyzes us.
Here are some questions to ask yourself on continuous improvement. I am not suggesting you become a Six-Sigma black belt. These are just some questions and ideas to get your juices flowing:
- What are you great at? Focus on doing more of it.
- As you go through some of your routines, which activities provide little or no value? How can you stop doing them?
- Look at ways to make things better without assigning blame. (I just pick up the dirty socks beside the chair and under the couch. I think I am the only one it bothers, until the teenagers realize they have run out of socks.)
- What one thing can you do today to improve your visibility?
- What are you putting off because it is hard? Don’t mistake hard for impossible. Break this hard thing down into manageable pieces.
- Do you want to be outstanding in your area of expertise? Accumulate the 10,000 hours of practice that Malcolm Gladwell made famous in his book, Outliers.
Become allergic to good enough. Expect more of yourself. Do more. You deserve better.