If you have found yourself stuck with the Good Enough Syndrome, you need to break away from it. Having the Good Enough Syndrome means accomplishing something but in a mediocre way. It’s telling yourself that your work may not be your best, it may not change the world, but it’s probably good enough. Reiterations and improvement can be a tiring cycle but necessary for those who want to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack. If you want to have an edge, here are some tips to keep yourself from having a mindset of mediocrity and saying never good enough.
Never Good Enough | Breaking Free from Mediocrity
1. Always Go for Your Best Work
“Good enough” feels comforting. It’s a method to reassure yourself that yes, your best effort was put forth, and you gave it your best shot. All valid, but you need to ask yourself:
- Did I push myself?
- Did I look at the problem and my solution at every possible angle?
- Can I do better?
It’s a pretty discomforting feeling if you can’t answer “YES” to all three questions. And it’s meaning is pretty simple, you’re not doing your best work. You’re not delivering something that you can really be proud. So, instead of asking if it’s good enough, ask yourself, “Is it great?”
Resist the Good Enough Syndrome with the “Never Good Enough” Mindset
Always go for your best work because if you keep telling yourself that what you’re doing is “good enough,” you’ll never get the edge you want. It’s a slippery slope once you start having that frame of mind. It becomes a trend and eventually, becomes the standard for what you aim for.
Reach for your full potential. High-achieving young people have a real desire to make a difference in the world. It’s a desire to change things for the better and to produce a real impact. There’s no place for the Good Enough Syndrome among these.
2. Push Your Limits
Never settle. Always watch yourself and make sure that you don’t accept “good enough” in your life. Go beyond what’s comfortable. The greatest people and those who are most remembered are the ones who took their work to the next level. It might not have initially been their best work, but after edits, reiterations, and pushing themselves, it became their Mona Lisa.
You may need to step away and give it some time to look at your solution with a fresh pair of eyes. Even better, actually get a pair of fresh eyes and ask them to give their honest feedback on your work and what can be improved.
Take Your Work to the Next Level
Think about Larry Page when he created an indexing system that he called Google. Did he ever tell his co-inventor that their work is good enough and that they should move on to something else? No. Google, with every iteration, became better and better.
Then you have Jeff Bezos, who created Amazon. He built it into what it is now — an e-commerce portal giant. Yet, it was not good enough. He went even beyond and created a space company. All because he wants to take humans to space and colonize other planets.
The examples that these great people have set are inspirations to discipline yourself. Never settle for mediocrity in your life and whatever you set your mind to do.
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It can be challenging to resist the Good Enough Syndrome, but disciplining yourself to have the never good enough mindset will help you counter it. Whatever you do, always go for your best work and push your limits. Discipline yourself, have the right mindset, and take the right actions. All these will push you to get over the Good Enough Syndrome once and for all.
Which habits will you change to avoid having the Good Enough Syndrome? Share your ideas with us in the comments section below!