Lesson 3.6 - Is good enough really good enough?
Hey you! This lesson is for all of you wondering if good enough really is good enough. The short and simple answer is, obviously, yes. Good enough is good enough. One simple action, a simple 1 on a binary scale, can mean success, if that’s how you choose to define it.
So, why don’t we take a moment to examine and redefine what ‘good enough’ means.
This is what a bar graph of ‘good enough’ looks like for a perfectionist.
This entire first part is just wasted space. No way that a perfectionist is going to waste time in the zone of laziness (and basically everything is laziness).
Only the last part counts. Only the zone of genius is good enough.
The trouble is that human beings can’t function in their zone of genius all the time. We can’t be ‘on’ all the time. Plus, we don’t control every outcome, because life happens and chance happens.
A perfectionist believes what we’ve been told since childhood: that A efforts brings A results.
An imperfectionist, on the other hand, knows that A efforts only give a CHANCE at A results. And they adjust themselves accordingly. They focus on the best possible option. They focus on taking positive action.
Imperfectionism means coming to terms with the constraints of our life as a whole and then, finding the optimal allocation of our time and effort.
So, the bar graph of ‘good enough’ of an imperfectionist will look more like this.
The zone of laziness is still there, because 1. there’s nothing wrong with being lazy and 2. it sometimes makes sense to do nothing, to not take action, for instance when you’re still recovering from completing a previous project.
The largest part of this bar graph is reserved for ‘hmm, good enough’. If we take into consideration that A efforts only give a chance at A results, then it’s kinda silly to bring our A game to every action we take and everything we do.
The zone of genius is where we will be bringing our A game. These are the things, the actions, the activities that matter a lot to us and that we value. The zone of genius is also where you do the work the matters most you and where you know you can make a difference for others.
And finally, what I call the zone of insanity. The perfectionist calls this the zone of genius, but an imperfectionist won’t even be bothered by this last part because it’s simply insanity. The ‘effort versus result’ ratio isn’t worth it.
Okay, let’s start using the worksheet for some questions and exercises.
When you look back on, say, last month and you envision that month as a ‘good enough’ bar graph, does it look more like that of a perfectionist or an imperfectionist?
Was there any room for good enough in your life during the last month?
I assume that, since you’ve made it this far into the course, that the ‘good enough’ bar graph of an imperfectionist looks more appealing to you than the other one. So, adopt the mindset and the way of thinking that comes with this graph.
Now, grab your calendar or day planner or whatever tool you use to organize your day-to-day life and distribute your weekly tasks throughout the chart. Where does doing the laundry and ironing your clothes belong? For some people this is clearly as task that belongs in their zone of laziness (I have to confess that I’m that person!) and for others it is a task in their zone of good enough or even their zone of genius.
The point here is to come to a best possible allocation of your time and effort in way that helps you shine in the areas where you want to shine (AKA your zone of genius) and to let other things just be good enough.
I’ve also found this tool helpful when my perfectionism pops up throughout the day, because this tool gives me a framework to say: “Hey, I’m doing a zone of laziness task here, but I’m doing it as if it is a zone of genius task, which it isn’t. Stop bringing your A game to D tasks, Wendy!” It helps me snap out of perfectionism and right back into an imperfectionist mindset.
Okay, that’s it for this lesson. Hopefully, you’ll have some fun toying around with your idea of good enough. I’d love for you to take a photo of your bar graph when you’re finished and share it in the Facebook group. Deal? Deal!