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What if we’re not doing our best?

What if we’re not doing our best?
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In this madcap world, we often throw around "Everyone's doing their best" like it's a consolation prize for just showing up. But let's cut through the bull for a second—what if that's a load of crock? What if the notion of giving our all, every single time, is just a neat fairy tale we tell ourselves to sleep better at night?

Think about it. Every moment, every project, is it really your best shot? Or are you, like the rest of us, holding back a sliver of effort because, well, life's a juggling act? There's that little voice in your head, the one that whispers doubts and fears—about a hundred varieties of them. And let's not even get started on the myth of being 100% prepared and committed. Who's got the time for that?

Here's the kicker: we're not machines, programmed to optimize every decision, every action. We're gloriously flawed humans, with a knack for chaos and a penchant for taking the easy road now and then.

So, now that we've established that maybe, just maybe, we're not all giving our 110%—what's the play? Do we accept this as the human condition, or do we call ourselves out, striving for something a tad closer to our so-called best? Because at the end of the day, recognizing our limitations might just be the first step in actually overcoming them.

I've come to grips with the fact that aiming for perfection in every aspect is a wild goose chase. Instead, I'm zeroing in on a couple of areas where I can truly excel.

So, what's your take? Which domains deserve your full-throttle effort this quarter, this season, this year, or even just today?