Everyone wants to be the best at something, right?
Aren’t we conditioned this way? Isn’t it wired into our “mother board” to always strive to the best?
- The best parent
- The best student
- The best worker
- The best spouse
- The best _______________
But, there’s a price to pay for being the best, isn’t there?
I mean if you’re the best at something doesn’t that mean you NEVER make a mistake? You NEVER not come through or deliver?
You’re the best so the bar is set extremely high and you have to live up to those standards at ALL times, right?
Lord knows I am no psychologist but I am one who’s constantly fascinated by human nature. Why people do things… What makes people tick and so on…
And I am just wondering aloud if in fact some people fear being the best for the reasons I mentioned above?
Are some people afraid to be labeled the best of something for fear of not being able to live up to what they perceive to be unreachable and unattainable goals which they cannot possibly consistently meet?
Personally I want to be the best dad, best husband, best friend, best writer, best worker and on and on and I have no problem saying that. I’m not worried about trying to live up to preconceived ideas of what being the best really means in others’ eyes.
I know damn well no one bats a thousand, no one hits a home run every time up. See I realized that by “doing my best” means “I am the best.”
What about you?
Do you consider yourself the best at something?
If so, do you feel a pressure to maintain the level of being the best, however you define “being the best” really means?
Are you afraid of being labeled the best at something because of the societal-induced baggage and pressure that comes with it?
‘Til next time…