To do your best. It’s a common enough phrase, a simple sounding goal. It’s often stated with the intent to ease the mind. As in, “don’t worry about meeting “this” or “that” overwhelming standard, just do your best.” Well I don’t know about you, but my best is much easier said than done. And the thought of just having to do my best all the time, is just as overwhelming as any other near-impossible goal I could dream up for myself.
For starters, what is my best? How do I define it? Can I even define it, or is it one of those know-it-when-I-see-it kind of a things? And further more, which best? The best I can do if I focus on only a relatively few items? Or perhaps the best at balancing many different things adequately? If I truly do my best in school will I also be able to do my best at maintaining friendships? To do my best on a paper does that mean it should be the best I can do in a couple hours one afternoon or the best I can imagine being capable of writing?
How do you decipher the difference between your best and your concept of perfection? Do you ever feel that striving to do your best limits you in any way?