Being better than “good enough”

Posted on November 11, 2010


One of the things that bothers me the most is watching people fail to “bring it” with all of the intensity they can muster. They stop short. They cut their progress off at the knees. They fail to live up to their potential.

I’m not saying you have to be “on” and all engines firing towards perfection at all times – not at all! In fact, one of the pleasures of a “guilty pleasure” is that it makes you feel ohsogood while taking in those yummy bites. If you’d eaten that guilty pleasure every single day, the flavor would be so deadened to you & 1) it wouldn’t taste as good & rich 2) you’d feel disgusting because of the lethargy, disease & inflammation brought on by the sugar binge. Having it once in a blue moon ensures you L.O.V.E. it and savor it every single time you eat it.


Guilty pleasures are intended to be once in a while, not regular occurrence things. The rest of the time, it’s your duty to rise to your potential, not wallow in your weaknesses. The thing is, it often takes having someone else show you that you’re not living up to all that you can be, since we sometimes leave ourselves an “out” to make it OK just in case we do fail. And I know for sure that it’s not always conscious that we do this! In fact, I believe that many of us would never consciously say “well, I don’t really need to be the best, right here is good enough for me.” Good enough is as bad as at least. Blah, both phrases just suck the excitement out of you.

“How was your heart transplant? “Good enough.” or “What do you think of your new hair color?” “At least my hair didn’t fall out from the bleach.” See? bleh.

Many people fail to realize that they stop pushing themselves way before they really should actually stop. When it comes to working out, there’s something you should know. It’s supposed to be uncomfortable. Don’t stop when it gets uncomfortable! If you’re supposed to do 15 reps, don’t do 14 & 1 half-ass half-way rep. Technically, you didn’t complete the set of that exercise, and since the adaptations of the body happen when there is stress it has to respond to, you stopped before the stress became so great that your body had to adapt to be stronger, fitter, faster, leaner.

Not only that, every time you skip out on having quality reps, or laps, or heart rate control – basically, if you say “m’eh” at what is supposed to be the hardest part of your workout – you’re okay-ing yourself to skip out on your commitments. That WILL seep into other areas of your life – whether you know it or not. The best athletes follow through on their commitments to their programs because they want to be the best, and they know that some other athlete is out there doing just as much work, if not more, then what others are doing. It doesn’t matter that you’re probably not the worlds’ best athlete, you can hold yourself to the same principles they do & reap similar benefits if your own life goals – fitness or otherwise.

So as Todd Durkin says, “Do work. And then some.” Every part of your life will be glad you did.