I’m a big fan of writing things down. I don’t know if it’s ADHD or early stage dementia (although at age 55, I’m not sure how ‘early’ that would be) or what, but if I don’t write things down, I forget them.
This isn’t really a problem except that I keep forgetting to check my lists for things I wrote down! Maybe I need a tatto that says, “Check your list!”
While watching the Olympics over the weekend, I began to get the twitchy eye (but not pink eye!) from all the emphasis on being the BEST.
I get that the Olympics are all about competition, that these athletes have trained hard for the opportunity to be deemed the best. I get that they’re disappointed when they don’t win. I would be, too, and in fact, I’m disappointed for them when they don’t see their goal realized. I’m also in awe of their efforts.
Anyway, somewhere in the weekend barrage of best-ness, I remembered a ‘B’ word I meant to include in my last Alphabet Soup, and that word is better.
For many of us, the weight loss trail is littered with plans that failed because we got frustrated or demotivated by slip-ups or because we didn’t lose an amount that we felt we should. Or any other real or imagined less-than-best result.
::pause to consider that I might be the only one to whom this happened::
Nah, surely not. Not in this best-obsessed world we live in.
When I was on my downward weight spiral (finally!), a phrase that helped me A LOT was one I learned in my professional life:
Don’t let BEST get in the way of BETTER!
I wrote about it way back when, but I think it’s worth a revisit. (Translation: I need to revisit it.) I’ll even save us all the trouble, and paste the relevant entry below:
Don’t let best get in the way of better.
Our society rewards excellence and there’s nothing at all wrong with that. Excellence should be recognized and rewarded. But sometimes it seems we’re so focused on Being The Best that we miss the opportunities for small victories and accomplishments along the way. Or worse, we refuse to accept these stair-step improvements as evidence of our progress simply because they’re not The Best.
My former company’s CEO is fond of saying this: “It’s better to reach 80% of a stretch objective than to achieve 100% of an objective that wasn’t particularly challenging.”
I agree. Eliminating bad habits and creating a healthier version of ourselves requires tremendous effort that sometimes seems overwhelming. We need to take pride in the accomplishments we do achieve, even when we aren’t 100% successful every single minute of every single day.
To atone for forgetting better in my B post, it’s my focus word for today. I’ll shoot for the BEST in everything, but I’ll remember to recognize the ways in which it’s BETTER than before.
Wishing you a better day ahead!