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Good is the enemy of great

Good is the enemy of great

I wasn't the first to say it. In fact, I've heard many say it over the years. It's hard not to believe though. Good is enemy of great.

Good is just enough. Good gets you a participation trophy. Good makes you think you can stop working hard to achieve the things you want in life. Good is just the first step in the journey, and if you stop at good you'll never see the actual fruits of your labor. It's an accomplishment, but there could be so much more. For some, good is the end. For too many, good is just enough.

Great is hard. Great is a hike where you feel like your lungs are going to explode. Great is that workout that makes you feel like you're going to die. Great isn't easy. If it was, everyone would be there. Great is not stopping when others tell you it's too hard. It's pushing yourself to do things you would never have done before, and then going one step further. Great is allowing yourself to dream big, and then pushing to get to those dreams. Getting to great will beat you down like you've never been beaten down before. It will be the hardest thing you may have ever done. But when you get there, the sense of accomplishment you'll feel is beyond words.

So ask yourself, what stops you from getting to great? Only you know that answer. It takes a lot of introspection and self-evaluation. But it's worth it. It's a journey that might last a lifetime, but that would be a life well spent.