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Monday, March 26, 2012

Do Your Best

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Do Your Best

Written by Steven Griggs |

“If a man does his best, what else is there?”
George Patten

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
H. Jackson Browne, Jr.

“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.”
John Wesley
Do your best.

Since early childhood I was told “ Just do your best.” I remember the feeling I got when  I heard that. It was freeing. I knew now that I could do it. And I felt like I actually had the ability to do it better. To do it better than I thought I could. To maybe even do it better than the next guy.

Was that really true? Maybe. I just know that it made me feel like I could do it.  It helped me to go there and do my best. And so I always did.

I always tried to do my best. That isn't to say that I never defaulted back to a place of weakness, because I definitely did sometimes. But I would eventually realize that maybe I didn't try that hard, that I could have tried harder, to do my real best. 

I resolved that next time I would do my best.

Somewhere along the line though, I believe we begin to lose that feeling of possibilities and capability and replace it with something less, something that says, sure it’s possible…. for someone else. Or you’ve been beat down so many times you begin to feel that it’s not worth trying so you just don’t try that hard anymore.

As we go through life and experience disappointments and setbacks, we tend to stop believing in our own power. We forget how powerful we really are.

We become calloused and accepting of our circumstances. We forget the power in those words: “DO YOUR BEST”.

I believe one of the most powerful practices you can take up is the power and freedom inherent in always doing your best.


If you’ve done the very best you can, at that moment, using everything you have available, at that moment, at where you find yourself, at that moment, what else is there?

What more can you do? There is no coulda, woulda, shoulda. You did your best... at that time.

You can’t feel regret or feel unworthy or, in any way, less.

You did the best you could do!

That’s all you can do and all you need to do. You are free!

Find the freedom in always doing your best.