As an entrepreneur or professional, you’ve probably encountered the roller-coaster of precisely planning a project, only to see components of your carefully laid vision crumble before your eyes. Or maybe, you were counting on a business expansion or expenditure that didn’t quite come together. The event that didn’t play out as planned…the prospect who never became a client…the list goes on. These can be some of the most frustrating experiences, which many of us know all too well. Can embracing “satisfactory” ever mean that you’re not “settling”? I believe it can. I believe that sometimes, there’s greatness hiding in the situations where you feel you’ve fallen flat. What if I told you that good enough is sometimes great?
I know what you may be thinking. Let me reassure you: this is not an ode to mediocrity, and no, I’m not suggesting that entrepreneurs settle into rote complacency. What I’m saying is that it’s perfectly acceptable to work with what you have and make the best out of your current circumstances – all while striving towards your ultimate goals. You may think that all your unfulfilled aspirations are on parade for the world to see; the truth is, no one may even notice but you.
Your Imperfection May Be Someone Else’s Perfection
Recently, a large-scale project of ours, which my team had spent painstaking months planning to a well-oiled machine, faced unexpected challenges right at go-time. We had to meet each challenge with a “make-it-work” solution, just to keep everything from completely derailing. Because it hadn’t been truly executed to its original design, we probably would’ve rated the project outcome as a satisfactory 6 out of 10 – just “good enough”. After the initial anxiety and disappointment dissipated, I came to a surprising realization: the project came off as a total success to the participants involved. From the outside looking in, no one knew about all the things that went wrong; they’d had a wildly positive experience. We’d done the absolute best we could within our means and circumstances, and rose to meet each challenge with gusto and creativity. In the end, our perception of mediocrity was perceived as greatness by others.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself in a Good-Enough-Great Situation:
1. Have you done the absolute best you can with the tools, resources, and time that you’ve had available?
2. Were the beneficiaries of your efforts not only satisfied, but pleased with the outcome?
3. What lessons did you learn through the project/experience?
4. What would you do differently if you had the ideal tools, resources, and time at your disposal?
5. How will you ensure that next time, the project or task will better reflect your intent and plans more closely?
If you answered “yes” to questions 1 and 2, and were honest and committed on questions 3 – 5, then congratulations! Your Good Enough was indeed Great. It’s time to stop beating ourselves up for mistakes, and instead, use every missed opportunity to analyze, learn, and correct.
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