Updated: Sep 18, 2019
Jon Gordon, in case you haven't heard of him, is a best selling author and positive leadership advocate. He works with sports teams, coaches, educational institutions, business executives, among others. His message is directed to humans of all ages; and it is contagious.
I have yet to read any of his books. Several of them are on my list.
However, I do subscribe to his e-mail list, and I look forward to his weekly Positive Tip.
This morning, he referenced the idea of "positive discontent:"
"Even when they are succeeding, they are identifying what they can do better. They don't settle for average or good because they believe greatness is possible."
That particular sentence really stood out to me.
Perfection might be unachieveable, but Greatness is possible.
Don't settle for good enough when you know you can be better (feel free to check out my feelings about Good Enough).
Strive for greatness.
Greatness is found in the smallest details.
So pay attention.
It is important to learn from your failures. It is equally as important to learn from your successes.
Positive discontent doesn't allow you to be distracted by success.
And I think it's important to note that I don't mean that success should leave you dissatisfied.
Success should bring you joy.
Success should bring you pride.
Success should bring you satisfaction.
Success should bring you fulfillment.
As long as you know that, without refinement and evaluation, success is temporary.
It is important to learn from your failures.
It is equally as important to learn from your successes.
Take a moment to enjoy it.
Then examine how you got there.
Learn from it.
And then get better.