We have heard it a thousand times and have even said it ourselves. “I did my best.” There is something about this adage that has always rubbed me the wrong way. Inevitably this is bandied when things don’t turn out quite as we had hoped. We console ourselves with the claim, believing that there is nothing more we could have done, or done differently, since “we’ve done our best”. So, what more could there be?
I believe there is no other purpose to saying you did your best other than giving you a way out if things don’t work out. To me it implies that you could have done more.I am on side with Winston Churchill who is quoted as saying, “sometimes doing our best is not enough. We must do what is required”. Just like the classic Nike slogan – Just Do It. If you want something badly enough, you will do just that. No excuses.
So next time, don’t think about whether it’s your best. Don’t qualify it. Do what needs to be done. Period. With this in mind, your best will always be enough.
Some readers may disagree. What do you think?