The Benefits of ‘Good Enough’

Jim Collins once said that good is the enemy of great. In the context of organizations, it meant that complacency can settle in once a certain level of livable success is achieved and remaining potential can be great can go unfulfilled. While I believe that to be true, I also believe the reverse is true when it comes to our daily habits: the hunt for great is often the enemy of establishing good. The reality is that the results that exist in the margins of perfections are almost always of the diminishing returns variety. In other words, the physical juice is rarely worth the mental squeeze.

Here’s an easy example that should cut through the ambiguity. Let’s take nutrition and macro counting. Your day calls for you to eat 150 grams of protein, 225 grams of crabs and 40 grams of fat netting out to yield 1,860 calories. You’re at the last meal and you have already fulfilled your fat gram intake for the day but you need to eat another 500 calorie meal, very difficult today without any fat. So, do you hit your calories and exceed your fat intake? Or keep your fat intake and come in under calories?

This dilemma may sound crazy and perhaps foreign to you if you’re not familiar with the world or regimented nutrition, but it’s one I and Coach Ashley have personally encountered many times, and it is a classic case of the ‘obsession with perfect’ distracting from the ‘success of good.’

In this case? Hit the calories (big picture). Live to hit the fat grams another day (little picture). This is a very microcosmic example of frustrating encounters we all face daily when it comes to unfairly holding ourselves accountable to a perfect approach.

Subjectively? Not stressing over trying to hit both fat and calories perfectly feels better. Objectively? It also would work from a nutritional perspective to get you results. Perfect sucks. Perfect is stressful. Good enough is just fine, and in the world where fitness and sanity often skirt a time rope, is a lovely place to exist.


Thursday, 8.6.20

Bay Park PSC
First, for Muscle:
10 Push Press
10 DB Goblet Squats
(x15 Min)

Then, for Conditioning:
20 Renegade Rows
150m Run
(x10 Min)

Pacific Beach PSC
Every 90″
A: 10 SA Jerks + 10 SA Suitcase Deadlifts
B: 16 Goblet Split Squat + 16 Plyo Skaters
C: 200m Sprint


7 Rounds:
20 Banded Front Raise
20 Banded Sumo Deadlifts
20 Plyo Skaters

Lunge Throughs (per side)