I spent all of today re-working an important project that is in the works. The thing is, the first time I went over it, I thought it was good enough. I thought it was ready to be sent out there, ready to be seen by everyone. But the more I studied it closely, the more I realized that it couldn’t really hurt to make some more changes to my work so that it could be better, and so I did.
The more I think about it, the more grateful I am to know that I was given a second chance at doing better at something. Not a lot of people get that, and I understand that I have to give this work my hundred percent.
It is one thing to be proud of your work as it is. It is entirely another thing to know and accept that your work can be better than it was yesterday. Both of these things can co-exist. You should be proud of what you’re capable of, but also accept that you can do so much better, even when you are at your best. That is what growth is all about.
You are already doing so much better than you were yesterday. The fact that you’re here means that you chose to endure another day and nothing makes you stronger than that. We’re all trying to be better, one day at a time, one step at a time. That kind of growth only happens when you accept that there is always room for you to grow.
I learned about a very interesting concept a few years ago. The crux of it was that you can always do the best you can, and there will be someone out there who has done the same thing better than you. It will make you want to be competent, and it will make you feel bad about your own work. But that is not the point. The point is that your work is already the best it can be from where you currently stand in life, but when you grow, you’ll realize that there is room for improvement there.
You’re not the same person you were yesterday, or a week ago, or a month ago, or you know how it goes. So why would you expect to analyze your work from the perspective of the person you have outgrown?
Remember the stick figures we all drew as kids? It might have seemed really good to us back then, but we all outgrew that phase and got better at doing things. Some of us didn’t, but got better at other things. That’s how it is. We always find a reason to do better than we did yesterday.
The world as we know it today wouldn’t be here if people didn’t decide to do better than yesterday, y’know?
You’ve got this! Xx