Not really. How many times has the shiny and glittery word…PERFECT…slipped right through my fingers? Almost. Maybe tomorrow. Right?
I have waited a lifetime on perfect. How many days, months or years does it take? I am not proud of taking a number in the got-to-get-it-right line, yet I am in line with the best of people. Maybe you have joined me there? You know the one; it leads to procrastination and indecision?
All fun aside, perfection is an energy zapper. Striving to achieve it has actually moved me further from my goals and my own growth because once the fear seeps in, the glitter slips away. So, how can I as a busy, multi-tasking woman check off all the boxes next to my successes AND enjoy the journey at the same time? Actually… happy you asked…because here is what I do to slay the “perfect dragon.”
Grab hold of the progress! When I celebrate the small, tiny, almost-missed-you growth that leads me forward, essentially, it does just that. Growth steers me clear of perfection. It measures me against myself. Growth measures my actions, champions my wins, raises my energy levels, AND leads me forward in the progress toward getting it right! Which may be just east or west of perfect!
Try this now:
Every time you find yourself on line at the perfect store, get back in the car! Go home and sort through the good, better, and best of your week. Make a list under each heading. Where were things just okay? What falls under the good column for the week? Where were things better than good, better than last week, better than you anticipated? Finally make a list of the items that fall under best. Best is not perfect. Best is the highlights of your week. Best is all the stuff that puts a smile on your face. Best is your growth list. Now back peddle through what you wrote down. What stands out? Are there things on your good list that don’t really matter in the completion of your intention or goal? Are there things on your better list that with a little tweaking could jump onto your best list next week? Where are the opportunities to expand upon your best list so that you can do more of that?
Notice that even on your best list…no one mentioned perfect! Good, better, best is a mindful way to measure where you are in the journey toward that which is most important to you. Good, better, best keeps you in motion, in action, and aware. Good, better, best keeps you in decision.
Now take this whole idea one step further…
Take all the items on your best list and log them into a success journal. Keep this journal running throughout the year. Log them in like an accounting statement. Then every quarter, just as the seasons change, look back at your list. What were the highlights? Where did you side-step perfection to cheer on progress? How did this keep you accountable to taking action in your life?
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