If you asked Brigham to share what I say most often before he undertakes a challenge, I bet he would say, "Mom always tells me to do my best, I can't do any better than giving it my best shot and she can't be upset with me if I did that much." Because it is the truth, right? You cannot do any better than to give the match, or the test, or the job interview, or anything else you want in life any MORE than your very best effort. If you do so, and you fail [knowing that you have indeed put forth your best effort] then for whatever reason the goal you hoped to attain wasn't meant to happen that particular day. Or perhaps, ever.
Sometimes we have to fail in order to learn how to do better the next time. The big question is...how do you actually KNOW you have put forth your best effort??
The answer to this question comes from inside of you. Only YOU truly know if the effort you have put into a task is really your very best work. And, I believe if the outcome is something you truly desire, you will invariably put out your best effort.
At least I hope that is the case because the next few weeks are, for me, filled with a few really great opportunities to succeed. Or, to fail.
I'd rather not have to fail to learn how to succeed...I'd rather just succeed the first time and set my sites on higher goals.
Ultimately though, I can only do my best and the outcome is really up to God.
I will be taking my state licensing exam for substance abuse counseling in the very near future. I am not going to lie, I am scared shitless. Passing this exam means more to me than my graduating from college. Yes, seriously. Because my passion is to help adolescents and their families with addiction, and even though I am currently working in the field, the exam is the coup de gras of my studies.
I can take the exam again if need be...but I really want to get it behind me and then just have to worry about completing my intern hours. So, now is the time to get seriously focused and put my nose to the grindstone!
Simultaneously I am revising and improving the content on a series of posts which will be launched in the next few weeks for Suburban Parent Online magazine. I am super excited to have the chance to share my conscious parenting ideas through this venue. But, again, what if I fail? What if my best isn't met with success?!
The bottom line is this: I cannot be so scared of failure that I don't give it 100%.
What are the obstacles to your dreams? Are they worth putting forth your best effort to see what might develop?