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Don’t Overestimate Your Personal Best

Your Best Will Fluctuate

Yes, we should do our best at everything that we do, and be the best people that we can be at all times. However, don’t be foolish enough to believe that your best will be at the same level with every effort. That’s not always possible. Our personal bests will fluctuate.

Really, your best is the only thing that is required of you. If you choose not to give your finest efforts, you’re not being true to yourself, or making the gods happy. As you release lackadaisical efforts into the Universe, the same will be returned.

Your “A” game will not always give the same results, even with tasks that you perform regularly. It’s unrealistic for anyone to set such an unrealistic standard for themselves. Give your all and rest assured that you’ve done all that you can do — because, that’s all that you can do.

Think of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was the undisputed King of Pop. Never was there a bigger Pop Star before him, and likely, there will not be a bigger Pop Star after him. There was a time when everything he touched, turned into gold. I’m sure that I don’t have to write a bio on MJ (since he was the biggest Pop Star in the world, everyone knows his story), so, I’ll fast forward to his multimillion selling album, “Thriller“.

Thriller” sold tens of millions of copies, and changed popular music forever. While I have no doubt that Michael was thrilled by this (pardon my pun), it also raised the bar for him. I’m sure that there was pressure to repeat that performance with each album that followed.

Although, he never produced another album that sold more than, or as much as “Thriller“, he still created quality product that made his public happy enough to continue to buy his music.

In 1982, “Thriller” was his best effort. That doesn’t mean that his following albums were not given his best effort — or that they weren’t great– but, they were his best for the time that they were recorded. Never matching the success of “Thriller” did not reduce his audience, and he remained one of the most influential and sought after entertainers in the world, for the rest of his life.

Your Performance Is Based On Several Factors

Our personal best can depend on several factors, for example: mood, health, time, place, if we got enough sleep, if we haven’t eaten. And sometimes, we’re simply off balance. In any case, when we measure our personal best to our current performance, the results could be slightly, or extremely different. As long as we have given our all to the tasks at hand, we have fulfilled the requirement of being at our best.

When you’ve done all that you can do, yet your usual “A” game, is a “C” game, don’t beat yourself up. Tomorrow is another day to be great!

“Perfection is impossible; just strive to do your best.”

~ Angela Watson

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Overestimate Your Personal Best

  1. Great read. Reminds me of the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. One of the Agreements was to always do your best. This article has me pumped up and ready to do just that.

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