“Good enough never is.” – Debbi Fields
If you have a goal, something you want, and you have tried and never reached that goal…
When do you quit?
I suppose it depends on a number of circumstances. For the sake of argument, let’s assume deep down inside you are capable of achieving the goal, but your approach has been wrong.
Chatting with a friend the other day about a problem they were having and I suggested that they take a step back and approach the issue by doing more legwork.
“I have done enough. I shouldn’t have to do more.”
They felt taking a step back on a path towards a bigger goal was admitting somehow that what they have done up to this point was sub par work.
To me it sounded like a sense of entitlement and a fear to do real, hard work (a recipe for continued failure).
When goal setting, too many people keep an eye on the end game and not how to play the game.
When something isn’t enough, I approach it from an opposite standpoint.
Pretend you have been job searching and you aren’t getting results, what do you do?
Keep applying to everything online, hoping that one day you get hired…
Do you ask the businesses that turned you down how you can be more competitive and go work your ass off to reach that level? Even if it means working more time at an entry level position… even if that entry level position is an unpaid internship.
Most failed job applications come from a lack of experience.
Everyone is positioning themselves as the top candidate by highlighting their accomplishments and credentials. No matter what you do in life, you should always be gaining more experience… more knowledge… more accomplishments. Even if you’re working your dream job.
For that failed job applicant, what they’re going into battle with obviously isn’t enough…
It’s time for them to regroup and beef up their artillery.
When what you’re doing isn’t enough, find out what will make it enough go do it!
Once you reached your goal, keep striving for more. If you don’t, someday someone else will figure out what is enough to take from you what you earned and you’ll have to start the whole process all over again.
This goes beyond jobs… If you get too comfortable in a relationship, someone else can swoop in and take your mate. If you’re a sports champion and you never train after winning the title, you’re going to lose it soon!
I’m not a fan of the phrases “good enough” or “enough is enough.”
The truth is… “Enough” should never be a goal.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves,
some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” – Sam Ewing