Sometimes, only our best is good enough … but the idea we can [or should] always be at our best is not only impossible, it’s unhealthy.
We’re humans. We have good days and bad days. Sometimes we’re on top form … and at other times – not so much. Now, if we’re having a stinker, that doesn’t mean we inflict our bad day on everyone around us, but pretending we’re always at our best is dishonest.
‘Best’ is subjective, anyway. ‘Sgt Pepper’ regularly gets voted as the best album of all time, but you can bet that John, Paul, George and Ringo all had “I wish we’d done this instead of that” moments as they listened back to the final master. Perfection doesn’t exist, and constantly trying to achieve it leads to procrastination, frustration and ultimately, burnout.
We should still work hard at the things we care about. The idea of ‘good enough’ is not an excuse for laziness, or being slapdash – but there’s a balance to be found.
Sometimes, good enough is good enough.