“Good, Better, Best! Never let it rest, ’til your good is better, and your better, is best!” – St. Jerome
It can sometimes seem that life is an endless series of repetitive tasks that we have to accomplish. We have things our bosses need us to do every day, demands made by our family, favors requested by friends and so it goes. Very often our desire is for the task at hand just to go away. At times like this the temptation is for us to settle for the merely adequate or even the rather mediocre as we declare: “That will have to do” and consider the project finished.
There is a problem with accepting second-best or even third-rate standards in that what might start as a one off soon becomes more common and then even routine. If we are not careful our entire lives can be only mediocre or decidedly average as we condition ourselves to accept standards way below those we are capable of achieving.
Now I am not saying that we should all become perfectionists – far from it. Waiting until something is perfect is often an excuse for never getting anything done at all. Instead we should always aim to produce good work in our lives. “Good” should be our minimum acceptable standard of completion for any project, be it for our work or our social lives.
But we should not be prepared to stop at good. The next logical step is to make our good work better and then strive to make it the best it can possibly be. This fits in nicely with the idea of making slow and steady progress in our business, family and social lives. We should always be looking at new ways of doing something just that little bit better than we did it before.
We can apply this philosophy to every area of our lives and everything that we do. When good is the minimum standard and there is a burning desire to be even better than you were yesterday than the only way is up and you can keep going on-wards and upwards for the rest of your life. You could tell yourself something like this:
“I am a good parent. I am going to be a better parent. I want to be the best parent I can possibly be to my children.” Note that this mantra could apply to almost any aspect of your life.