How Good Can I Be, Really?: Are You Planning To Be Less Than You’re Capable Of?

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How Good Can I Be, Really? - Dre Baldwin“If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you: You will be unhappy for the rest of your life.” – Abraham Maslow

How good can you be, really?

Is your aim — the picture you have of yourself, right now — above, below, or right at that level of potential?

Some of the more analytical among you may be thinking there is no sure way to know the exact level of good-ness you can reach, and even if there was, how does one quantify it anyway? How is it measured?

I’ll show you.

If you aim for less, you will be, as Maslow said, unhappy forever. Because your soul — the only true part of you that there is — will know you’re selling yourself short. You will die with music still in you. You will have done the proverbial less with more. This is the worst type of human being.

If you aim right at it, you would still need to have a 100% shooting percentage to hit it. Any small slippage and you fall short. Don’t put yourself in a position where you must be perfect — perfection is impossible for humans.

If you’re aiming above what you think your capabilities are though, you could fall short and still will, paradoxically, succeed wildly.  Your energy will keep you going, pushing harder and aiming for achievement for as long as you live. You’ll always have something to strive for. And if you come up short, you will look and realize that you exceeded your potential a long time ago.

You may be thinking that that is dangerous, rife with risks and many opportunities for disappointment, setbacks, and failures. You’re damned right it is! You scared? The aim-low option described above will always be available to you.

What we expect is very often exactly what we get. Where do you set your expectation?