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If we don't aspire to the seemingly impossible BEST, what should we aspire to?
"Hitch your wagon to a star, keep your seat and there you are." An expression not commonly heard in these days of "instant gratification." Given that seemingly national trait, should we only aspire to the immediately doable? By so doing, are we ignoring the excellence which has made us so strong in the past? I once was sent the Comment that what I proposed in one of my Hubs was so "ideal" as to be impossible. Should I not have proposed it? We say we want what is best for everyone." We know that is so utopian as to be unlikely, but if we want that shouldn't we aspire to that? Good enough?
Satisficing is the industrial engineering term for aiming to be satisfactory on all major criteria. It isn't perfect, just good enough or better than good in multiple areas.
As far as what "we" should do, I can only answer for myself. I was raised with the encouragement to always do your best. Sometimes it was stated, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well." Excellence was the aspiration, and that became ingrained in me. On one hand, it created a sense of pride in a job well-done, but more than that, established both a mindset and heart passion for giving your best whether to a big project or even a small chore. In the grand scheme of things, are we not all here to make a difference? From a Biblical perspective, Colossians 3:23, talks about being whole-souled--"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
Good, clear focus, but does that mean you are a "Perfectionist"? Does everything have an equal priority? Certainly not, and some things may deserve less attention at a given time, or even less effort. Duty to others helps decide, then to self.
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