If you aren’t aiming for your best, then what are your aiming for? And why?
If you aim to be the very best that YOU think is possible, then you become the judge, the panel of experts…..and it is very easy to live up to those expectations because they are entirely yours. Nobody else can say whether you have failed or succeeded and nobody else gets to decide the criteria for what you decide is right for you. If only you can judge whether you have succeeded, then obviously, if you are doing your best, you must score 10 out of 10 every time? How liberating is that?
Aim to do your very best, set your standards, then all you are left to do is check in with yourself every so often, to that standard, to see how you are doing. None of this has to be very detailed – we all know when we are doing our best and when we are not. Failing in fine, it’s Ok, because you know you couldn’t have tried any harder. The secret is to be aware of what you are doing and have some sort of benchmark where you, and only you, monitor your performance. Make your goals and your aims simple and attainable. And, above all else, make sure you know what is, for you, your best!