In this 3 part series, I will explain my theory on why good enough will always be better than perfect. I will help illustrate my point by using an example of developing children as they grow and learn. However, understand this theory applies to all things in life, including your exercise program and nutritional habits. 

How many times have you found yourself trying to make sure that something is absolutely perfect and after looking back at it, you realize how much effort you put into it and it’s still not what you want?

What exactly is perfect anyway?

It’s pretty hard to work towards perfection without even knowing what it looks like. I think it’s time to rethink the way we approach our goals starting with the mindset. Let’s let go of the idea of perfect and start chasing good enough.

I know, good enough sounds lazy and inferior to perfect but when life is one big juggling act of trying to balance dozens of things every day, how can we really chase perfection in something if we have so many tasks at hand with only so many hours in a day and can only be in one place at a time. 

Think about it, maximizing your efforts to change a single category means that you’re focused less on other categories that are equally as important. I find it easier to add a little water to each plant equally rather than letting them grow at different rates, now requiring more or less attention each day. It’s not like your watering can is getting any bigger. So now as one plant continues to grow bigger than the rest, that plant will continue to need more water than the others each day too. 

Now good enough doesn’t look so bad. 

We’ve all seen what happens when we overdevelop one thing while neglecting the others. As the saying goes, the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. 

Example:

Children go to school and have multiple disciplines they are expected to learn and perform well. Would you really accept them only studying and participating in one subject while neglecting the rest? What does that look like come test time? Even more importantly, how many doors have been shut on them in life due to the fact that they aren’t well-rounded to perform other essential duties?

Be Adaptive. Be Limitless.