In his best selling business book Good to Great, Jim Collins says, “Good is the enemy of great.” The point is that if something or someone is judged as good, there is little incentive to improve. On the other hand, an obviously horrible situation is more likely to incite action.
When it comes to health the tendency is to settle for “pretty good”. As long as you are not in constant pain and can get through the day with minimal drug usage you are right in line with the masses. Since you are no worse off than most of the people around you, you see no need to take action. We tend to get into the habit of comparing our health with those around us or with our acceptable definition of what it means to be healthy.
There are 2 major problems with this way of thinking.
First, most of the people around you, on average, have a horrible state of health. With heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, etc. running rampant it’s a good bet that the people you surround yourself with are a fair representation of these ailments. Even if you are slightly better off than your friends, is that really all that you are willing to settle for?
Unless you make it a habit of hanging out with elite athletes and the extremely health-conscious, then your circle of friends is probably not the best barometer to judge yourself against. Sad, but true.
Secondly, we have a tendency to broaden our definition of health to fit our current state. Can’t walk the stairs anymore without getting winded? It’s not that you are unhealthy, you’re just getting older. “Sure I’m getting headaches every day, but that’s normal considering the stress I’m under.” Unfortunately rationalizing your problems doesn’t correct them.
It’s time to stop settling for good enough! You deserve no less than to live life at your absolute maximum potential at all times possible.
Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defines health as a state of optimum physical, mental, and social well-being, and not just the absence of disease or infirmary. In other words, feeling good is not good enough. Being healthy is living at peak performance and experiencing life at its fullest.
Thomas Edison said, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” Most of us have no idea how big the gap is between our current state of health and our actual potential.
We can no longer afford to settle for “good”. It’s time to start astounding ourselves!