What Is Your Best?
Do your level best. That’s the message everywhere and certainly I encourage you to do it too. But what exactly is your very best?
Is it turning yourself into a concert pianist or virtuoso violinist (even though all you ever wanted to do was raise a family and live in your own home in a friendly place)?
Does doing your best suggest you must beat everyone else to achieve the ultimate recognition of being the world champion in your field? Or, make your life a triumph of award-winning excellence in everything you do?
I can’t answer those questions. But I do believe you can know the answer to your own version of what being the best is for you.
There really isn’t any benefit in being great at anything if it doesn’t satisfy you. No point in rising to the top of some field because your folks pressured you into it; only to feel miserable longing to be somewhere else.
What is your best? It’s a personal thing. Never mind the obvious options of awards, leadership, and achieving widespread recognition. Your best is about what you define as a good fit for you. Because that’s where you’ll find the most satisfaction.
So keep this one thing clear in your head: you get to define what your “best” is. Not the general public (who don’t care anyway), your parents, partner, relations, or other friends. Just you.
That means there is an integral step to being the best you can be. You need to think about what matters to you, what sits right with your spirit, and what you can potentially believe in that enthuses you.
Because your best self is magnificently idiosyncratic there’s no point trying to assume anyone else’s (they’re all taken anyway). Besides which, you won’t find happiness denying your identity in your own life story. It doesn’t make sense.
Of course, that’s not to say character is an option. Because it is the ideal language that your best speaks through. Qualities like:
- Compassion &
… are themselves marks of distinction (partly because they also shape the way we share our best with everyone else). So virtues are necessary elements with which to build the rest.
I suggest mulling over what being your best means to you and factor in what you like, love, and hate. Because you cannot expect anybody else to bring this out other your own good self. Meaning, if you aren’t living a practical expression of your best yet, it’s time to weigh up what’s next and define this vital part of your life. Your best deserves it.
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