Close Enough

“Lots of people put in serious work for a while in pursuit of their goals,” Ben Bergeron said, “and eventually get to a place where they’re comfortable. They may not have achieved all their long-term goals, but they have achieved a good 90 percent, and they feel that they’ve checked all the boxes and are doing well enough to be satisfied.”

The people Ben Bergeron speaks of work hard. They get up and get after it day in and day out. 

The problem comes when they start seeing results. Just as growth is the number one killer of small business, results are the number one reason folks quit on their goals. 

They get “close enough” to their achievement and settle because the last little bit comes at the greatest cost. The first 80 to 90 percent is easy to work. Keep showing up and putting in the work and you’ll get most of the way there. 

It’s that last 15 to 20 percent that requires grit and perseverance. The ability to stick with it and keep putting in the work when results have slowed and it doesn’t feel like you’re taking ground.

True excellence is hanging in there and grinding through that last couple percentage points towards your goal. It is an unsatisfaction with anything less than your absolute best. 

You’re about to walk into a new week. It would be easy to settle this week and not push for that last little bit of growth. 

But you’re not interested in easy. That’s not why you’re here. You want excellence and are willing to stay the course, even when that voice in your ear whispers that you’ve come far enough. 

Comparison is the thief of joy. 

Remember that the next time you’re tempted to become downcast at the triumphs of another.

So what if John can deadlift 600lbs. 

You’re not him. 

And if you are, remember that you’re not the guy who can deadlift 1000lbs. 

The pout is: there is always someone better. Always someone to whom you don’t quite measure up. Someone who makes you feel weak and insecure. 

Don’t let it bother you. 

In fact, you should cheer them on. 

Why? 

Because the only person you should compare yourself to is you from yesterday. 

Are you the smallest bit better than you were then? 

If not, keep working at it. 

With a little hard work and determination, you’ll get there. 

It might not be today, tomorrow or the next day, but someday down the road, you’ll wake up to find that you’ve reached your goals. 

At which point, you can set new ones.

Keep it simple.

This is a simple blog. 

It is full of simple sentences, simple posts, and simple ideas. 

There's a reason why. 

Things don't have to be complicated to work. In fact, the simplest answer is often the best.

• Need more uninterrupted work time? Get up earlier. 
• Want to be and feel healthier? Eat nutritious whole foods and work out.
• Want to grow spiritually? Read your Bible. 

Don't confuse simple with easy. 

The most difficult things in the world are incredibly simple. 

• Love your neighbor
• Control your tongue
• Put others first

Each idea is so simple it's encapsulated in three words. But each is so hard none of us nail them perfectly. 

In a world of ever increasing complexity, your answers don't have to be. 

Complexity is often the lazy man’s way out. He doesn’t want to discipline himself to keep digging, to keep thinking, and to get creative.

One is about minimizing effort, while the other is about minimizing clutter.

Think hard. 

Remove clutter.

Keep it simple.