Reasonable is a seductive Siren sent to lure you to the shoals, there to shipwreck you on the rocks of complacency, mediocrity, and being average.
Beware of this word.
I noticed a couple of weeks ago a question in a forum from someone asking what a reasonable lever of customer service would be. Equally helpful people replied with suggestions of what a reasonable level of service would be. No one challenged the question, no one challenged the word reasonable.
Reasonable means what’s is the least I can do and get away with. Reasonable means lazy. Reasonable means safe. Reasonable means thinking small.
Roger Bannister didn’t seek to achieve a reasonable time to run a mile. He chose an unreasonable time.
Kennedy didn’t seek a reasonable goal to challenge America, instead he called for an unreasonable goal of putting a man on the moon by 1969. His unreasonable dream inspired a nation.
It wasn’t reasonable for me to go out to walk ten kilometers this morning with winds gusting to 20 km and a wind chill of – 15. I could have been reasonable and stayed inside in the warm…but I got out there and I enjoyed the exhilaration of blustery winds moaning through the telephone wires and howling through the trees. I felt more alive than sitting by the fire feeling warm.
And I don’t have a big enough ego to believe I never do the reasonable. Reasonable is hard to escape at times. I fail more times that I would care to admit.
But my goals is the extra-ordinary… a beautiful word that is.
Make it your goal too.
But don’t judge, your extra-ordinary could be very ordinary to someone else.
Have to an extra-ordinary vision of yourself.
Don’t settle for reasonable, most to the planet does that.