The amazingly smart people at Peloton are giving 90-day free trial memberships right now (though I apologize if the deal is over by the time this blog posts, as I've gotten a little ahead in writing since I don't have much else going on). Anyway, I've been trying to keep active by walking outside a lot and by doing the amazing workout videos Peloton offers. (No, this isn't a paid ad for that company; I'm just honestly impressed with the variety of classes and the quality of the teachers.)
Anyhoo, in one of the classes, the teacher was giving a tidbit of encouragement, and she said, "How you do anything is how you do everything." Wow. That hit me harder than a...no simile is coming to me, so just really hard. Think about it for a minute.
There's no such thing as, I'm half-assing (sorry, if you don't like swear words. I've been locked in for a while) this, but I'll take that seriously. The old line, "I'll eat whatever I want today, but start paying attention to my health tomorrow," is bologna. Saying, "I just need to get this finished and then I'll buckle down to do good work," is garbage. Those excuses and lies don't make sense with how our brains or muscles work.
If we take shortcuts, our bodies are programmed to follow the same path the next time. If we try to find the quickest way to get things done, if we don't worry too much about the quality, if we continually say, "Good enough is good enough," then we get better at finding shorter and easier paths to completion. Our results get faster and faster, but worse and worse. In short, we do what we have always done.
On the other hand, if we work hard and try to do our best at one project, then we know what working hard and trying to do our best means on the next project. In fact, we probably work harder.
Is this line hitting anybody else the way it hits me? Doing well enough isn't the same as doing well...and it's certainly not as good as terrific. I liked the fitness trainer's reminder to aim for terrific. I might not ever reach it, but I won't get stuck in the garbage pail of just getting by.
On the other hand, I can see the advantages, when the world is in crisis (which it is now) and we're not living in situations that we've chosen (as many aren't), of aiming for survival. So I guess what I'm saying is that sometimes, the circumstances might not allow for excellence, and that's okay, too.
What do you think?