We’re told that striving to be great and never being satisfied are necessary to meet the ever-increasing pressures and pace of today’s world. It’s the only route to success. There are problems with the statement- who defines great and success? Greatness and degree of success needs to be determined individually.
It is possible that you are content with the way your life is and you are happy. That is success to you. Ultimately success may be in finding happiness in your work and life as you pursue your daily venue- the precious moments of the here and the now. In short, it is okay to be where you are, and you are happy. For many, not always trying so damn hard to be great isn’t just the path to being happier; it’s also the path to getting better.
Research shows that sustainable progress, in daily routines of life- diet to fitness to creativity- isn’t about being consistently great; it’s about being great at being consistent. It’s about being good enough repeatedly.
It is simple logic. A good-enough mindset may very well be the key to being great and happy. The less you want to be happy, the happier you’ll be. The less you need to perform better, the better you’ll perform. It is your own life; so, define your terms.
Many will advocate that setting goals is important. Perhaps. But realistically, you must know where you are right now. Not where you could be or not where you want to be. Why, you ask?
By knowing where you are, you are addressing the thing that really needs addressing- poor mobility in life, patching up relationship or being overwhelmed at work. The essence of making progress lies in confronting and accepting where you are. With the realization of present, you can do something about it.
Being good is ultimate realization of being real. Don’t let social media fool you with its version of rosy life for you. The digital revolution has many advantages, but in pursuit of productivity and busyness, we are witnessing rise of loneliness and decline in meaningful relationships. In the end, it is all about physical touch that adds significance to life that is now- whispers that you hear, feelings erupt through the words you hear from loved ones- the real things that matter.
Being good is being real. Being good is being you. Being good is being great.