Is “Good” Good Enough?

 

I have often heard and read the phrase “Good is the enemy of great.” I would probably generally agree with that statement. But after these last few weeks, I have begun to wonder if there is ever a time when “good” is enough?  I’m not out to save the world, cure disease, or win a Nobel peace prize. Some days I feel like keeping my family alive and in one piece is an accomplishment in an of itself.

The definition of great is “notable; remarkable; exceptionally outstanding; or important; highly significant or consequential”.  Whereas good is defined as “satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree; or kind, beneficent, or friendly.”  If I am honest with myself, I am along the line of “good” in all areas of my life and for the most part, I am okay with this. I think I am a decent human being, I try to help others when I can, I treat people that I would want to be treated. While I want to make an impact in my community, I am often overwhelmed by where to even begin. I do not like the spotlight or being in front of other people. I like to work behind the scenes and make sure things get accomplished. I am often afraid to share my ideas for fear of rejection. While I expect to do well in whatever it is I’m doing, I will often settle for “good enough.”

That’s where I have struggled with school the past two weeks. I know that I am capable of producing better work than I have submitted, but I have settled for “it was turned in on time” knowing had I properly prepared, the work would have been better. My goal is to get all A’s in both degree programs. However, that would require me to be “great” in my discipline in allowing ample time to complete assignments.

Being great requires great discipline, which is why most settle for good. Good can make enough money to make ends meet. Good can help a friend in need.  Good earns a degree or gets the job. Good may even get you noticed by others. However, at what point do you desire more and are willing to put in the work to blow your own mind in what you are capable of? When are you willing to believe in yourself enough to take a risk and put your ideas out there for others to hear? You may just have the solution that is needed. When will you stop settling for being average or mediocre and strive to be great?

How Does a Procrastinator Get Motivated?

This girl right here has been on the procrastination bus all week.  I think the sloth from Zootopia is moving faster than me.  I like to justify my bad habit of procrastination by stating how well I work under pressure, but that is just an excuse to keep procrastinating.  I tried to motivate myself this summer by buying a motivational planner with stickers and highlighters, you know, the works.  I did really well for about two months using that planner.  Then I had about a month before school started and did not need to use my planner on a daily basis.  I clearly need to dust it off and put it back to use.

This week has been a slow week in terms of activities not related to school, so I have fallen into the trap of, “Oh, I don’t have anything to do tonight so I’ll just catch up on tv and social media for a little bit and then I will start my homework.”  We all know how that ended up – me falling asleep without doing homework.  Which then led to me having to rush and spend 4 hours trying to finish three assignments before midnight last night.  Of course, I got it all done. Now the quality of said assignments remains to be seen.

So here is my list of things to help get me back on track:

  1. Open my planner!IMG_2317
  2. Put all 3 class assignment due dates into planner.
  3. Put assignments on phone calendar with alerts/reminders.
  4. Review calendar every night before going to bed to create “To Do” List for the next day.
  5. Limit social media usage to thirty minutes when getting home from work and before starting on school work.

Wish me luck!

The Struggle

So I am taking a much needed break from homework.  Yes, homework!  Today is the first day of coursework for my FNP (family nurse practitioner) program.  My second course in my public health nursing program started on Thanksgiving!  Who starts class on a holiday?!  A total of 3 graduate classes at the same time.  I think I am a glutton for punishment.  I will confess that while I was eating dinner after work, I watched two episodes of Stranger Things – no it didn’t take me that long to eat but don’t judge me!  I was procrastinating from writing my discussion board post that was due tonight.  I am the queen of last minute work.  Am I proud of that, not really, but it is part of who I am.  Who doesn’t work well under a time crunch?  I completed my post as well as a response.  Now to get on to coursework for the other two classes.  I think I need a personal assistant!

I am going to meditate on this scripture for the rest of the week at a minimum – probably for the next 3 years:

And let us not be weary in well doing: 
for in due season we shall reap, 
if we faint not.

Galatians 6:9 KJV

Trying something new

Hello!  I am new to the world of blogging so bare with me as I figure this process out!  LOL.  I am not some deep intellectual person, so this is not a blog you want to follow if you are looking for that.  I am a mother, nurse, professional student who tries to live life to the fullest and find happiness in the small things.  The purpose of this blog is to share some of the madness that occurs in my life that makes me laugh and at times frustrates me.  Life can throw some crazy curve balls at times and sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying and going crazy.  I hope to be able to share some bits of inspiration and encouragement along the way.  Life is too short to be serious ALL the time.  Laugh through the pain and find the good in it all.