Why bother? Isn’t it a lot of extra energy and effort to do your best?
When you look around, there seems to be a lot of people doing only the minimum to get by . . . they are doing only what is expected of them and no more. This is not the way to enjoy feelings of personal satisfaction.
We do our best for one simple reason. It feels good. In fact, doing our best is the most efficient way to continually feel good about all aspects of life. When we are committed to doing our best, there is no room for regrets.
If you give something a half-hearted effort and it fails, you will always wonder about it. The inevitable problems that always accompany grand plans often overwhelm luke-warm effort. You will always have a nagging regret that it may have turned out better, if only you had done your best.
“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington
If you do your best and it fails, oh well . . . at least you did your best. No regrets. If you did your best, it’s easier to let it go, move on and do your best at something else.
As an example, let’s say you’re interested in starting a new business. You decide to dabble a bit, try a couple of methods, and see what happens. If it doesn’t work out, you will always wonder what might have happened and what additional freedoms and abundance you might be enjoying now, if you had only done your best then.
Instead, if you are committed to doing your best, you either do it and give it your all, or you don’t do it.
“There is no try. Only do.” — Yoda
If you did your best and the business fails, there will be no lingering doubts about your level of involvement. No fault. No blame. No foul. You did your best. It didn’t work. So what? Release it, move on, and find something else that you would enjoy giving your best to.
“It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and *then* do your best.” – William Edwards Deming (1900-93)
Your Best Is All About Enjoyment
When you do your best, it’s not drudgery. It’s not a chore. It’s not a prison sentence.
It’s a dance you do with the universe . . . it’s your way of allowing life to flow through you without ego getting in the way and pinching it off. That’s what doing your best feels like. It feels effortless, painless and easy.
When you do something you don’t want to do, it’s all too easy to feel coerced, manipulated and resentful. When you give something a half-assed effort, it’s not satisfying in any way.
Even if you perform such an action just to get it over with, upon completion, you still don’t feel good about yourself. Why? Because you didn’t do your best. There was no flow, no feeling of being in the zone, no personal satisfaction . . . either during the action or upon completion.
Your Best Changes
Your best gets better with practice. Also, your best is better at different times of the day. Maybe you’re a morning person. Your best at midnight probably isn’t up to par with your best before noon. With practice, you learn when you can perform your best and plan your most important actions to make the most of your prime time. It’s simply a matter of maximizing your effectiveness based on your experience of knowing when you can deliver the best of your best.
At other times, you don’t have to be concerned about it. Why? Because you did your best. No regrets. End of story.
Your Best is Good Enough
It’s self-defeating to try to do better than your best. For instance, if you fixate upon meeting the standards of someone else’s idea of best, you run the risk of burn-out. You may deplete your energy reserves and do more harm than good by trying to live up to some fuzzy standard of someone else’s best. If you go over the top, trying to do better than your best, you introduce unreasonable expectations, which adds stress and makes it more difficult to do your best.
“Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it.” – Sam Ewing
Your best is good enough. Just do that. Some will like it. Others won’t. But you will feel good.
That’s the bottom line anyway. We all want to feel good about what we do, how we do it and who we are. Feeling good begins with doing your best. No less and no more.
Guilt-Free and Blameless
By doing your best, nobody can blame you, or pronounce you guilty, or judge you . . . especially yourself. Your commitment to doing your best at whatever detail you are doing now is enough. So cut yourself some slack.
No self-guilt. No self-judgment. No self-blame. Just do your best and silence all those energy-sucking internal voices forever.
Like a Reed in the River for Water to Flow Through
When you do something, you are providing a conduit for the energy of the universe to experience the pure joy of action. When you get out of the way, and allow your best action to flow, everyone and all of life wins. Action allows you to express who you are.
“A reed in the river,
For water to flow through.
A hallow reed.
It’s just as it has always been.
And I am only a reed, a reed in the river,
A reed in the river of life am I.”
- from the song, “Story Belt” by Tupelo Kenyon
Do Your Best to Manifest through Action
Ideas, schemes and dreams are a dime a dozen. But taking your best action on your ideas is an expression of life on the physical plane. Without your action, manifestation has its hands tied.
Focus your thoughts, feel your passion, then act upon your dreams by doing your best with single-minded purpose. That’s the recipe to enjoy the power of creation flowing through you.
Do Your Best Now
You can’t do your best yesterday, and you can’t do your best ten years ago. Your commitment to doing your best is applied to this present moment. Don’t dwell in the past.
Take a brief glimpse backwards now and then, just long enough to notice how your best may have produced better outcomes. Return to the present and apply that thought to right now, and do your best now so you’ll never have to wonder about it in the future.
Some people look back and say, “If only . . .”
Instead, look forward and say, “What if . . .?”
Do your best and find out.
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