Our problem is not that we can’t do something well.
Indeed, we can.
Our problem is we can’t do everything well.
But, we have convinced ourselves that we can.
So we use all our energy up trying to be perfect at everything.
And you guessed what’s coming next: mostly we fail.
We fail because we don’t feel like we are doing everything as well as we can. (We aren’t)
And we fail because we work ourselves into the ground to prove something that we already know. (We are not super-human.)
And what do we do when this happens? Well, we tend to make up for our shortfalls by working even harder.
It’s a not a good loop.
But the trick is do less, but better.
We can learn a lot from the lifesavers on my local beach.
The beach is a couple of miles long.
So our local lifesavers admitted to themselves the patently obvious: That they couldn’t do it all.
So they got two flags and said that between these two points, ‘I can save your life. Beyond these two points, I can’t. You may well die’.