“If we can’t be the best at it, then why are we doing it at all?”
This quote is from the book Good to Great by Jim Collins and, respectfully Jim, I couldn’t disagree more.
Sure there are places for being ‘the best’ but in my opinion they are few and far between. And hey, if you want to be ‘the best’ who am I to stop you – be my guest, I will cheer you on!
Here, from the Steph files, are my Top 10 thoughts on why being ‘the best’ isn’t necessarily the best.
10- What the hell is ‘the best’ anyway?
9- If we wait to be the best, most of us wouldn’t do anything.
8- Learning can be fun, interesting, thought provoking.
7- ‘The Best’ can be subjective, personal, different.
6- Much growth occurs outside of doing what you are ‘best’ at.
5- If you are not ‘the best’ you give others an opportunity to shine.
4- It keeps you humble.
3- There is a lot less pressure.
2- You are less intimidating to others.
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Having said all that I believe being your best as opposed to being ‘the best’ is a whole different ball game. Striving to give your best and understanding that your best changes constantly seems to me to be a much more gentle and realistic way to go through life.
Giving my best in this particular moment in time, considering everything else that is going on in my life, is good enough for me.
Next week my e-news might be better, then again it might be worse. But right now, this is the best I’ve got! It will be good enough for some and not for others and it’s really none of my business what they think after I put my best out there.
Stepping into your best and being OK with that, it’s just one more way to live Your Life, Unlimited!
Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.
* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.