Expect Excellence in All Things
There are two famous recommendations that I don't agree with. They are supposed to lead to the "good life" but I don't think they work. The first is "all things in moderation," and the second is the quest for "perfection."
Regarding moderation, I much prefer the wonderful quote from May West that "too much of a good thing is just right." What a great attitude!
I deserve LOTS of great things in my life! I deserve all the health, joy, love, great memories, passion and fulfillment I can get!
Now, I admit, I have noticed that moderation in some things is a good thing. Moderation in drinking, for instance, seems to reduce hangovers, accidents, addiction, and all sorts of embarrassing moments. Likewise, moderating my consumption of chips, dip and hot dogs seems to be good.
Moderating my spending to match my income also seems wise.
But when it comes to the things that make life worthwhile, I HATE moderation! Why would I settle for a "little" happiness when the world is designed to fill my life with joy?! Why would I work like a slave, when wealth and play and freedom and love are all around me? Sure, I work to earn money (and to make my unique contribution), but I'd much rather practice "moderation" in work and "let her rip" when it comes to joy and personal development!
I don't believe in "moderation in all things." Be very, very careful about the things you "practice in moderation!"
Similarly, trying to make life "perfect" is a trap. Very few things in life are "perfect" because life is always changing. If it was perfect a moment ago, it may already be deteriorating or evolving into something new. Or my tastes may have changed—perhaps I've outgrown it—and am no longer satisfied. Very few things in life are "perfect" and even fewer things remain so for long.
More importantly, since we aren't perfect, very few of the things we do are perfect, either. There's a wonderful quote about the great Howard Hughes that, for all his genius and wealth and power, "he sought a perfection that assured failure."
Don't do that to yourself! It doesn't work out well.
Instead, strive for excellence. Strive for a GREAT life, not a perfect one. Trouble happens. Mistakes happen. Bad luck and misfortune, and yes, evil and tragedy happen. But good things happen, too. Excellence and wisdom, love and joy never go out of style. We never outgrow our desire for celebration, achievement, personal growth and new things.
I am totally convinced it is possible to live a World Class Life! In fact, I believe it is the MINIMUM we should expect of ourselves. Who would choose a life of safe mediocrity? Who would develop only part of their potential, or use only some of their talent or a bit of their creativity? No one would do that!
Every day, get up and go for excellence. Expect the very best in your relationships—a hug and a smile are a great way to start your day! Expect superb service and great results. Expect beauty and humor, inspiration and lots of fun. Expect to focus on your work, and to work long and hard to accomplish magnificent outcomes. And expect extraordinary peace, joy and satisfaction in life, every day. Settle for nothing less.