Go for the Great
It can be difficult for us to make a change when things aren’t going well, so holy #$%! is it tough to venture out of our comfort zone when things are good. I mean things are pretty good right now so why monkey with it? If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The problem is that settling for “good enough” is keeping us, our careers, and our companies from great. It can be very tough to push past the fear of messing up a “good enough” thing and go for great. What if I make a mistake and end up with a really bad thing? Can I maybe just tweak and tune “good enough” a little to make it better? What if I fail miserably? What if I end up a broke, alone, homeless bag lady?! I actually said this to my mom not too long ago. (Wasn't being terribly rational at that moment, it happens.) She laughed pretty hard and then realized I was serious. Then she said this, “I don’t see that ever happening, but if you do, you’ll get the bag ladies organized and start a bag lady business.” We had a good laugh together. What she reminded me of is that I am capable of handling whatever comes my way. And so are you. I prefer to handle things beautifully, with style and grace of course, but – uh, it doesn’t always work out that way. But I’m still here to tell about it. And I admit that I’ve often learned the most from some of the messier bits.
Yes, of course there is planning and there are priorities to consider…sometimes good enough is where we need to stay because other areas of our lives are priority or too demanding right now. So maybe this is just an opportunity to do a gut check. Doing this recently helped me clear up some free floating anxiety and fear I couldn’t quite name. Now the fears have a name, I know which dragons I’m dealing with, and I have reacquainted myself with all the tools in my toolbox for whatever comes my way. Now I am excited about the possibilities instead of afraid of the possible mistakes.
What about you? What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Where in your personal life, career or at work are you settling for “good enough”?
What is the story you’re telling about why you can’t go for great?
Is the story really true? How can you rewrite it if it isn’t the story you want to tell?
What is one thing, one area of your life, one project, one product, or one initiative that you know has the potential to go from good to great?
What is one thing you can do today to go for the great?
I hope you're excited by the possibilities. Have a great week!