“Good, better, best, never let it rest – till your good is better, and your better best.”
Let’s be clear, striving for improvement is important. Putting in good effort is important. Not allowing yourself to give up as soon as the going gets tough is important. It is however all too possible to go way too far in the opposite direction and work yourself into the ground.
Doing your best does not equate to sacrificing your mental or physical health. It does ask that you try to cultivate a spirit of optimism and an attitude towards ‘failure’ that recognises that if you have tried hard and you have learnt something, then you have already succeeded. It is a journey towards realising that your value does not depend on your achievements.
So by all means keep striving and learning. Just don’t forget that you are already worthy. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone.
– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd