When is Good Good Enough?

good new perfectionI have spent the majority of my life being what my wife called “anal” in that no matter what project I got involved in, I would spend countless hours in an effort to perfect it. Needless to say most of the time it never quite met my expectations and I would end up considering it complete without being completely satisfied. Ironically the projects always seemed to exceed what was needed to accomplish the task. The need to make it perfect was something that was not an absolute requirement, except in my mind. In the end the impact I desired out of the project was a success; and it was time to move on to the next one. Thanks to becoming a student of my cousin, Michele Schism with Decisive Minds, I was introduced to a thought process I would have never excepted on my own; Good is Good Enough!

Now I’m not saying that we should not be continuously trying to grow to meet our maximum potential as we must become more to give more; but for many, myself included for some time, we never reach out and engage in life and in the life of others because we don’t feel we are sufficient; that we don’t have what it takes; that we are not good enough!

Good is good enough when it allows us to step out and get things moving, when we can begin engaging in life and doing things that can impact others. Many people out in the world are hurting, lost and feeling alone and what they need is someone to reach out to them; and they could care less if that person is perfect! The impact we could make in the world and in the lives of others cannot even be measured. Peter 4:10 states that, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” We all have gifts, each individual and unique of others. Those gifts can many times be identified by taking action. following our hearts and turning to our Heavenly Father for guidance and for revelation of those gifts. Once we are aware of the gifts, we are called to put them to use. Our gifts are good enough and grow from good to great when we give them to others.

The challenge I have for myself and for everyone is to not stand around and wait for the prefect time; it will never come. Don’t wait until you feel your gifts are perfect; they will never be. Lastly don’t wait for the world to become perfect without you; it never can! But I do believe this with all my heart; if we all begin doing some Good with the Good we have; we will see that Good is Good enough and the impact we make in the world will be immeasurable!

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About divineimpacts

In my quest of to seek, find and act on my purpose on this earth, I have uncovered a passion to inspire and encourage others to seek out God's will in their lives. From my own experiences I have found that many out there are seeking evidence of God's existence; that evidence exists in our stories and our testimonies; our own examples of God's Divine Impact in our lives; we need only share! This ministry gives a place for both the seeker and those blessed enough to have experienced a divine impact to come together; and the miracle can continue!
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20 Responses to When is Good Good Enough?

  1. Baby steps! Thank you, Jeff. Very inspiring.

    • Thanks so much for the comment. I agree in taking baby steps, as opposed of trying to see the prefect final picture, allows us to being moving in the direction we want to move; and most importantly begin having impact in the world! THANKS

  2. AJThompson says:

    Wonderful post–and oh, so true! I too find myself waiting for something to be “perfect” before sharing it or acting on it…I waste so much time and so many opportunities awaiting elusive perfection! Have a wonderful day!

    • Well put AJ! Its amazing when we realize how many opportunities we have wasted in our quest to perfection; but it is equally exciting when we realize what type of impact we can have when we dont wait! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Hi Jeff,
    This is a really valuable lesson.
    I often use it to remind myself, particularly if I am feeling overwhelmed with something, or inadequate.

    Thanks for the (most definitely good enough!) reminder,
    Cheers,
    Gordon

    • Thanks Gordino…Its a matter of remembering that reminder when I get caught up in wanting it to be better now! Have to put it out there and know that with the impact we make and the comments, good or bad, we will move from good to great! Appreciate the comment!

  4. I love how you included scripture to illustrate your point. The image is spot on, too. I am definitely going to remember this post…. valuable valuable valuable!

    • Thanks Julie for the awesome compliment! Whenever possible I believe scripture should be included. I believe it helps, me anyway, and staying grounded to the truth and in turn helps me to remind strong in my faith and in my mission! Thanks so much for the comment!

  5. Great post. Your post reminds me of the talents parable. If I only have one talent, I should use it, not bury it.

    • Great point; I am sure scripture is full of those examples. I know one of my pastors always reminded me theGod does not called the qualified; He qualifies the called! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. Jeff, absolutely wonderful! And such great food for thought! It reminds me of a lesson I learned years ago while working in the newsroom, my editor said to me, “you have to be okay with good enough.” And he was so right! I could have spent days and days and days tweaking the perfect opening line, the perfect close, or searching for the perfect quote and what would that have gotten me? Well, nothing, I wouldn’t have had a job for long if I couldn’t meet a deadline. When good is good enough! Thank you!

    • Thanks Melissa for the affirmation. I feel a deep longing to write and this blog gives me a great place to sharpen my skills. The thing that has been great about this challenge is I don’t have time to tweak; I have to get the article out. Make so much sense and now I am seeing just how much I can actually get done! Appreciate the comment you you stopping by! 🙂

  7. I think many of us see our Type A-ness in this post. It takes faith, I believe, not only in ourselves but in God. I also like the little things aspect–in many cases it turns into a ‘pay it forward’ moment, which is inspiring.

    Well done, thanks!

    • Thanks Joan for the kind words. I think its incredible that you can see my A-ness in my writing…lol It is defintiely one of those areas I am testing myself on. I know that if I allow good to be good enough, I will get so much more done! Thanks for stopping in!

  8. You are good enough and the perfect time is now, Jeff! Keep the passion coming! Great post!

    • As always Donovan I so appreciate you encouragement and your affirmation of the message. I enjoy sharing with people like yourself because i’m forced to grow and your take on things absolutely help me to expand my views and understanding. Thanks for being involved! 🙂

  9. Pinned your image. Thanks!!! We forget that for most things, 70% is passing. Seems like I read somewhere that the last 5% costs what the first 95% costs, the last 2% what the first 98% costs, and so on, with diminishing returns. This does not apply, however, to proofreading. 😉

    • Thanks for the reply…boy don’t I know that; my “A” personality struggles to slow down and proof read my work, over and over, and the crazy thing is no matter how many times I proof read and use spell check, there is still going to be an issue; SO at times I realize my BEST is only good and I will keep on trucking! 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

  10. Awesome Jeff!! This is huge. Being able to wrap your brain around the “Good is Good Enough” thought process really helps you to accelerate. Just look at what you have accomplished with your blog in just 15 days! I am so excited to be witness to your success. :))

    • Thanks Michele. It is exciting and the fact that I am a rookie gives me even more hope at what is coming down the path! Thanks for your encouragement, inspiriation and support!

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