So often I have spent my time trying to be the best at something. I wanted to achieve to the highest level possible. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do a great job. But, neurosurgery aside, doing a good job is also an acceptable goal in most instances!
Last week I added another class to my offerings at the prison. The inmates are frequently caught up in wanting to do the best job that they can. As the new students came in and we began discussing the material and the expectations that we all had I could see that many of them were saying fancy words that had little substance; they were trying to make a good impression on the teacher.
It was a good, no a great, reminder that, while making a great impression or having a great impact is wonderful, the more important thing is to make a difference. You see, when I am aiming for the maximum result and I realize that I am going to fall short, my tendency is to want to pull back. Sometimes I even quit, for fear of missing the mark. The end result is that little to no impact is made. Instead, I need to just do the best that I can and…