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“High achievers are often marked, unsurprisingly, by a strong motive to achieve. Less accomplished individuals are often more motivated to avoid failure.” ~ Carl Beuke Ph.D.: Psychology Today, Oct. 2011
Dr. Bueke states that most of us fall somewhere in between.
So “high achievers” are focused on accomplishing something important. They’re intrinsically driven.
“Less accomplished individuals” often procrastinate, blame circumstances for their lack of success, and ridicule their high-achieving counterparts.
In the middle of “driven” and “powerless” is most of us with a desire to live out our purpose; but, (BIG BUT) we’re sensitive to the potential embarrassment of failure if we don’t.
So if the majority of us are somewhere in between, that raises a question: “How do we know when we’ve become good enough?”
When do we reach a stage of confidence? Of knowing? Of realizing that we’re on the right track? Of feeling empowered by what we have to offer?
When do we feel “good enough”?
Aha – It depends on what we’re measuring against.
“You can spend your time on stage pleasing the heckler in the back, or you can devote it to the audience that came to hear you perform.” ~ Seth Godin: Linchpin
You see, the truth is, you’ve always been good enough. You’ve always owned everything you needed to succeed.
Your measurement of that will be relative to where you place your focus.
If your focus is on a market that aligns with your purpose and if what you do resonates with their needs, you’re, very much, good enough.
It comes down to the old adage about trying to be all things to all people.
You know it doesn’t work but sometimes it’s easy to get sidetracked by someone who questions why you’re on stage in the first place.
It’s not that you don’t bring value, it’s that they’re not ready for you yet.
Shift your focus back to those who do value all that you’re becoming.
Let their enthusiasm for you fuel your desire to be even more.
I can hear your cheering section now. “Give me a Y – Y! Give me an O – O! Give me a U – U!…….”