We must internalize the idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
President Barack Obama
Good Tuesday to you.
My rule is if you try for good, you'll be okay; if you try for very good ,you'll be good; if you try for excellent, you'll be very good; if you try for perfect, you'll be excellent. No body does it perfectly, at least not often, and depending on how complicated it is (whatever it is), but too many people settle for okay or good when they could achieve so much more.
You've no doubt heard the old saying "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well." But too often that only applies to things that you do to impress other people or to keep your job. Those are acceptable motives for sure but they aren't the best ones. But what about our personal lives, what about the tasks that no one sees. "Oh that's good enough for me. If I was cooking for others I'd make it better."
"Good enough" was a rule of life for people around me when I was growing up and that's why later in life I adopted the rule that says "it can always be better." I try to use it in all aspects of my life. I'm not a "perfectionist" nor do I always achieve excellence, but whatever it is, I know it can be better and so I strive for it as much as I can. I think any self-respecting person does.
Circumstances prevent us from achieving everything as well as we might. Laziness and exhaustion put up their fists. Time runs out. But here's my tactic.
Make a list of all the things you want and need to accomplish this day. Do each one of them as painstakingly and as perfectly as you can. If you don't get through the list it probably means that you've done the ones you did with some degree of excellence.
Thumb thy nose at the winter blues.