When an “A” was good enough
Remember back in elementary school you’d get your report card and the letter grade “A” was anything over 80%? A+ was over 90%, but really I think we all just wanted to make sure we saw that “A”.
B’s or even C’s were still pretty respectable when it came to your weaker subjects. Close enough that with some work, maybe we can see “A”.
We held the A on a pedestal like it was the best we could possibly do. But really, it’s really just a threshold of 80 out of 100
Could we have done a little better? Sure…that always looms.
But we got the “A”. We’re happy.
I’m a big believer in “how you do anything is how you do everything” meaning if you constantly expect excellence that’s likely where you’ll end up.
If you start to slack (in ANY area) it will start to creep up on other areas.
Now, of course, we don’t live in a vacuum. Inspirational quotes and sayings are great but the reality of life is we only have limited resources. Perhaps the most finite are time and energy. We’re always having to make choices about what type of return we’ll get from our efforts.
We’ll have good days. We’ll have bad days. We’ll have unexpected things come up and derail us. Our job, as adults, is to navigate and take care of ourselves; and often times a lot more than just us.
Now before I get too far off on a tangent, back to the beginning.
Remember when an “A” was good enough?
Think of your training. Think even more of your nutrition habits.
Do you think to make progress you have to be operating at 100% all the time?
Not only is this not true, it’s not actually sustainable. We can have bouts (a week here, a month there) where everything is firing on all cylinders all the time, but it won’t last.
Whatever your goals, if you can be working toward them 80% of the time you’re going to be great. Those little cheat meals or snacks you know you shouldn’t have- they’re ok AS LONG AS they’re a SMALL piece of the puzzle.
Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t think you’re derailed.
Just look toward your next meal, next training session, next day and be 80%.
“A” is most definitely good enough.