If you ask most people they’ll tell you the opposite of great is awful. In reality the opposite of great is OK. That’s what we tell people when we aren’t doing anything that’s extraordinary or fun or exciting or any of the feelings we really wish we felt.
When we’re challenging our limits and chasing our dreams we’re hardly ever OK. We may be overwhelmed, thrilled, anxious or elated but not OK. One of my favorite stories is the one about the window washer who fell from the Empire State building. When he passed an open window on the 29th floor someone heard him say “so far so good”. If you had asked him he probably would have said he was OK.
Great is a feeling waiting for us when we choose to give up the false comfort of OK and take a hard run at our dreams. Are you ready? Think about it the next time someone asks you how you’re doing and you tell them “OK”.
Written by: Steve Sherwood