Many people have bold aspirations and dreams, but they end up settling for good instead of great. 

Unfortunately, good gives us a false sense of security.  We feel OK because whilst we may not have reached our potential, at least we’re not bad. 

We can do good work on auto-pilot, but great work takes initiative, creativity, passion and courage.  That sounds like a lot of effort when there’s no burning need to change. 

That’s why good is the enemy of great.  It’s because it lulls us, deadens us and seduces us into thinking that we don’t really need to try.  You’re not that bad, so why bother?

Too many times, we think that so long as we aren’t the worst, so long as we’re competent, if the person in the next cubicle isn’t performing as well as we are, then that’s good enough.

It’s not anymore.

We need your greatness. 

We need your performance to match your potential.

We need you to step up and go to the next level.

However you define yourself, parent, husband/wife, leader, employee, artist, follower of Jesus, don’t settle for good.  Aspire to greatness!

The world has too many good people and not enough great ones.

Imagine if Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King had settled for good?

Greatness changes the world, while good merely treads water.

And it’s not just about talent.  It wasn’t talent that made Michael Jordan the best, it was motivation, passion and hard work.

You may not possess the talent of the person next to you, but what if you were more motivated, more driven, more enthusiastic, more diligent?

Bo Bennett puts it better than I can when he says,

Every day, people settle for less than they deserve. They are only partially living or at best living a partial life. Every human being has the potential for greatness.

You can be great!

Don’t settle for anything less.

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