Are you operating at Good, Better or Best? Good is what is expected of you. It is slightly above average, and requires some focus and determination to get there, but is relatively easy to achieve.
Better is just that- it's better than good. Being better means you are typically comparing yourself to what is good. Your standard is tied to outdoing good. And good is slightly better than average. Better gets you mentioned at the company picnic, probably gets you a raise on a continual basis, ensures some "atta-boys" from your co-workers, and looks good on a resume.
Best is where you want to live. Best is greatness. It's about a standard that requires you to give everything you've got and all the talent you've been wired with to reach your full potential. Best means there is no one better than you. Best is a standard unto itself. Best has no comparison. Best is award winning, status defining, and legacy creating. Best is the top of the mountain.
Are you good, better or best at what you do? Who you are? How you lead? How you live?
God demands our BEST. Not just a good show. Not just being a good father. Not just being an average follower of Jesus. Not just being better at your career than someone else. Not just leading a bit better than your c0-worker down the hall. Not just being an average mother who is "okay" at stewarding a family and juggling a career. God wants us to be the BEST. Period.
I don't want to just have a good team, or put together a good leadership event, or be a bit better at what I do than others. I want to be the Best in the world. Good NFL teams don't set out to be good. They set out to be the best- winning the Super Bowl.
Being the best requires focus, determination, intentionality, lots of hard work, learning all the time, never giving up, pushing the envelope, and making sacrifices. And we all know when our performance is not our best. When our writing is not our best. When our attention is not at it's best. Our families know it. Our friends know it. Our staffs know it. Our bosses know it. And God knows it.
Make sure your standard is not just being a bit better than average. Or only being a bit better than your competitor. Your standard is being the BEST. God demands it!