By Etheline Desir | Desir Group | LeadershipBrief.com
As the legendary Forest Gump stated, “Life is like a box of chocolate; you never know what you are going to get.” It’s important we acknowledge that each person’s journey is different. Comparing ourselves to others, personally or professionally, brings us discontentment and a negative energy that saps away our sense of accomplishment and worth. We are only required to do our very best!
Do you sometimes feel that no matter what you have done, you should have done more? Many of us have been imbued with the idea that we must constantly strive to be better, earn more and seek to achieve greater and greater goals and achievements. I recall a colleague in graduate school who earned all A’s, except for one B. Unfortunately, it was the one B that was the constant reminder that she had failed to achieve perfection, which resulted in her unhappiness for weeks.
While exponential growth would be a highly desirable outcome for any of our endeavors, we must ask ourselves, “At what price?” To what extent should our desire to excel cause us to diminish the joy of a balanced and purposeful life? We have heard that “virtue is its own reward.” If our leadership is characterized by integrity, knowledge, compassion, humility, and trust, yet not hit a home run, are we a failure? And what determines true success?
When we live a purpose-driven life and are doing our best, there is no need to feel ourselves lacking in accomplishment. There is no need to feel that we are only mediocre because mediocrity is the result of failing to do our best with full awareness of our deficient behavior. No one who is living a life of integrity and service to others should ever allow false beliefs to diminish the joy and satisfaction that comes from doing his very best.
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