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99 1/2 Won’t Do – New Year, Better Me

Starting today, I have a new theme to inspire me over the course of the next year. I am going to work smart, do things completely the first time around and be a better me. I always select a song to encourage, inspire and motivate me to greatness. This year the song that will encourage, inspire and motivate my actions is 99 and 1/2  by Hezekiah Walker.  As a sub-theme, I have selected the song Imma Be by the Black Eyed Peas.

So often we start the race and let all kinds of obstacles keep us from finishing, that behavior must stop.

I have seen people start projects full of excitement, energy and determination to do well. Over the course of time, the excitement wanes, the excitement diminishes and the determination fades. When this happens, it is not long until whatever the project is joins a pile of a hundred other projects that were started but never fully completed. There are all kinds of reason why things start good but never get done. No matter what the reason, the end result is the same. An incomplete job is not good enough. If you want to succeed you must learn to complete what you start. In order to succeed and be happy in life, you must find a way to get from dream imagined to dream accomplished. One sure way to do that is to accept the fact that 99 and 1/2 won’t do.

In school, once students start to get grades, they learn that an “A” ranges from 90 percent correct to 100 percent correct. Often, when children are young and just starting to get grades, they figure if 90% gets the same grade as 100%, there is no need to put in the work to go from 90 % to 100%. We must teach our children not to fall for this argument. This is a dangerous point of view that will lead to children becoming satisfied with doing less than their very best. It will lead to children being satisfied with putting forth less than 100 percent of their effort.This is not a good thing. In all our children do, we must teach them that 99 and 1/2 won’t do.

If we have become believers in that argument, we must teach ourselves a better way.  We must realize that good is so close to great, it just makes sense to go for great. When we truly believe that and start to live our lives that way, we will be so much better off. This method of thinking will get better results for our work. In the journey to be successful, 99  and 1/2 wont do.

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  • Lots of people don't go that extra mile. I get it, but you're right, it's so close to good...why wouldn't you?? :)

  • Great comparison! I am truly hoping that I actually stick with my health goals this year. Everyday is a battle but I know that with my husband on board it will be easier and I can give that 100%

  • This is a great philosophy and one that entrepreneurs need to live by.

  • That’s a really good comparison. People definitely shouldn’t settle for good, but greatness is a matter of perspective!

  • I can so identify with this - as I discovered in my Sr Year at High School - I didn't have to work so hard to get the A, and just put in what I needed to do to get it. Later I learned to go for the 100% and keep going. Beautiful post - and great song choices -
    Happy New 2016 to you!

  • Completely finishing things right the first time around is definitely one of my major goals to actively accomplish. Greatness is the ultimate goal.

  • That's a really good analogy. People definitely shouldn't settle for "good enough" when greatness is within reach.

  • That is so true- love your quote and it is inspiring me to kick it up a notch in 2016

  • This is an inspiring way to start the new year! I hope we all reach 100% of our goals in 2016!

  • This concept is so important and definitely something I recognized in my stepson as he was struggling with school. He has graduated high school now thankfully, but it was a really rough ride. I'm someone that always puts 110% of my best effort forward with the intent to be my best and he is someone that really has an issue with "good enough" mentality! lol

    • Yes! The funny thing is that a good enough job usually isn't actually good enough. We need to do better. We need to do our full and complete best in all we do.

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