At his blog, Purpose Beyond Pain, Dr. David Henderson explains the problems with a go hard or go home mentalityand how to respond to that way of thinking:
How about your view ofyourself? If you are not the star athlete, the top sales associate, the supermom or dad, the greatest [fill in the blank], that does not mean you are stupid, unsuccessful, insignificant, or a failure. Most of us are somewhere in between.Striving for excellence is a process, one that requires pacing and patience.Striving for perfection is insanityand will only make you miserable.
So the next time you hear the statement, Go hard or go home consider these alternatives:
- Something is better than nothing.
- Perfection is not the goal, excellence is.
- Excellence is always achievable if you remember that excellence is a process that never ends, requires patience and hard work, and allows for our continual growth, no matter where we are on the journey.
- Growth occurs in ebbs and flows. Dont get discouraged when you get tired, fail to meet preset expectations or disappoint others. Remind yourself of #s 1, 2, and 3 and keep moving forward.
Check out the rest of his discussion here.