Don’t struggle for that extra 5 percent. Sometimes “good” truly is good enough.

#472 65. Don’t struggle for that extra 5 percent. Sometimes “good” truly is good enough.
[1] Scripture
[2] Don’t struggle for that extra 5 percent. I’m fairly competitive, so when I start to do something I soon start wanting to do it better than other people. (OK, I’m overly competitive.)
Take cycling. I’m faster, fitter, etc., than the average person. But compared with the fast guys, I’m nothing. They can drop me within a few miles. And it drives me crazy. That makes me ride more and train more and spend tons of hours on a bike–and for what? So I can hang with them for a couple more miles? So my time up a certain mountain is only 30 percent slower than theirs instead of 40 percent?
This kind of improvement has no real importance. Sure, I may get in better shape, but at that point the improvement to my overall health is incremental at best. And, in the meantime, I have to spend hours on cycling I could spend working toward more important goals.
Or I could just spend more time with my family, the most important goal of all.
Think about something you already do well but are trying hard to do even better. Then weigh the input with the outcome.
Sometimes “good” truly is good enough, especially if that 5 percent gain is hugely disproportionate to the pain required to reach it.
QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
How could this clarify my Reality?
How could this benefit if added to my Disciplines?
Who needs to hear this?
[1] Scripture
[2] #65, from Jeff Haden, “90 Smart Ways to Radically Boost Your Productivity: An epic list of ways to increase your personal productivity and be a lot more successful.” It was published on on1/9/2017.
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