I’ve been reading the book Rising Strong by Brene Brown and there was a section that really hit home with me. The section was about people doing the best they can. Her follow up statement was when I believe that meaning we believe others are doing the best they can, her life is better.

That statement made me take a step back and really examine how I live my life and whether I believe that or I like to blame others for not doing the best they can. And that’s what today’s video is all about.


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I’ve been reading the book Rising Strong by Brene Brown and there was a section that really hit home with me. The section was about people doing the best they can. Her follow up statement was when I believe that meaning we believe others are doing the best they can, her life is better.

Now that statement made me take a step back and really examine how I live my life and whether I believe that or I like to blame others for not doing the best they can. And that’s what today’s video is all about.

Hi, I’m Josh Patrick, the founder of Stage 2 Planning Partners and the Sustainable Business. I’m also am the one who’s responsible for putting together our Cracking the Cash Flow Code Program, and I’m the author of Sustainable: A Fable About Creating a Personally and Economically Sustainable Business.

So let’s jump in and get started.

Do you believe that everyone is doing the best they can all the time?

You know, this is something that I’m gonna bet most people in the world actually do not believe that, but I hope by the end of this video that you at least consider the possibility that people really are doing the best they can all the time. You know, my answer is yes, and here’s what our job is.

Our job is to help people do the best they can. And we can do this by listening well, setting up great systems in our business, and really believing that people are doing the best we can.

You know, there’s been lots of studies in education that say that what the teacher believes about the student is what actually happens with the student, and I would submit that the same is true in our businesses. That if we believe somebody can do a good job, and we act like they’re going to be able to do a good job, they’ll end up doing better than if we don’t.

So, you know, when you start blaming others, and you don’t think they’re doing the best they can, you’re automatically going to go to it’s their fault. They’re not trying hard enough. If they only tried harder, this is what they would get.

You know, I remember growing up, my father would always yell at me about not doing the best I could at school. Well, the truth was, I was trying, and I was doing the best I could. I just didn’t have the ability at that time to learn as efficiently as I learned later in life. So blaming others is not gonna get you a whole lot further, and my suspicion is that if you really do believe that people are doing the best they can, you’re gonna have a much, much better result in your life and your business.

So here’s what happens when you start believing others do the best that they can.

  • Your life gets better.
  • You know, you help get rid of damning judgments about other people, and when we’re having damaging judgments about other people, we’re not at our best either. In fact, we’re actually at our worst.
  • You’re gonna start becoming personally responsible, or they’re gonna start becoming personally responsible because when you believe others are doing the best they can, it’s hard to blame them for not doing the best they can, and it’s hard to justify what’s going on around you.

You know, so here’s the thing that happens.

Sometimes doing the best you can isn’t good enough for the job they’re doing.

  • It means they don’t have the skills to do the job, or they just don’t have the ability to do the job. You know, we talk a lot about having people in our organization are the right ones that we want. We want somebody in the right seat, the right person. Now if you have the right person, there’s a very good chance they’re gonna be in the wrong seat. Now the problem comes in is that if you have a small business, moving that person to the right seat is gonna be something that’s really, really difficult to do.
  • Another thing I want you to do, if you’re starting to believe that the person’s not doing the best they can, my bet is that you have some system work that needs to be done in your company that they can support them doing the job properly. You need to be limiting the amount of choice people have to make, and you need to make things easier for them to do.

So here’s what I want you to do.

  • I want you to ponder, I want you to think about whether this concept makes sense that people really are doing the best they can all the time.
  • And if you move to believing people are doing the best they can, how is this going to make your life better? Why don’t you take out a piece of paper and write down five things that will help you make your life better if you start believing that people are doing the best they can.
  • And my final question is, is this even something that’s possible for you to believe?

So why don’t you scroll down, leave me a comment on what you think about others doing the best they can, and if you’re interested in having a conversation with me about this, click on the button below, and choose a date and time for us to talk.

Hey, this is Josh Patrick. You’re at the Sustainable Business. I hope to see you back here really, really soon.

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