Do your best
When you are working on something, there should be no doubts that you are supposed (and are going) to deliver the maximum amount of quality you can.
Even on a rush. Even if nobody will notice.
But what if you feel you just can’t? You know things need to be handled better, but you can’t invest the time or effort required to get to that level?
First of all: you need to do your best always. If you know you are delivering your best, that’s already something to be proud of.
But still, what if you see there is a gap between your current best vs. your expectations?
I think here is where self-awareness comes into play. Ask yourself: given the constraints you’ve had with the task at hand, is there some way you could do it better the next time?
What’s holding you back from doing so?
- Is it that you’re not used to working in a certain way? Then practice working on that way, until it becomes second nature to you.
- Maybe some self-doubt or fear of failure was holding you back from delivering value better and quicker? I’ve been there many times, and just realizing that in the end you’ve been able to deliver, is a tremendous validation that you can do it again and again. Next time everything will flow, and the negative and self-questioning thoughts will fade.
Remember we are all works in progress, so there is no shame on realizing there are things for us to improve and develop our full potential. Just like Marcus Aurelius was telling himself in his Meditations:
Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?
You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you.
Thanks to this quote, I realized that doing my best at what I do every day is one of the highest forms of loving myself.
When faced with fear of failure, or lesser thoughts like “I don’t feel like it” I wait, listen to myself, and then I tell myself with love and respect: “just do what you’ve come here to do”.
I let that sink in, and I can feel how my previous thoughts fade, as if they no longer had an impact on me. As if they no longer are true.