It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Great

Not Perfect but Great #31days of Curating Excess to Bless

Over the last month, I’ve been really intrigued by a few thoughts*:

  • We all have things we know we should be doing that we don’t. {Eat right, exercise, start on that project, etc.}
  • There are psychological reasons behind our behavior we probably have not acknowledged or made steps toward changing.
  • Even as we think about moving forward, fear asks, “Who are you to do this?,” tells us we’re too late, and that whatever we’re contemplating doing has to be perfect.

As I’ve tried to apply and move forward with these things in mind, I’ve discovered it helps to write down and test the reasons I think I’m not taking action. I’ve also started recording my fears and confronting them with the truth.

There will always {always!} be reasons not to do whatever it is you’re considering. Don’t allow fear to stifle your goals and dreams.

It doesn’t have to be perfect to be great.

PS One of my current battles against fear is to finish out this 31 day series. I have beat myself up for committing to something during my busiest month of the year and not doing it as well as I should have. But I will follow my own advice and tell fear to back off. It isn’t done “perfectly” or by the rules, but this series is something I’m passionate and excited about and I plan to finish. Thanks for reading along- I love getting to share life with you in this way!

*The first two bullet points above are realizations from reading Ramit’s material, and the third is from Jon Acuff’s book Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters.

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  • Whitney October 31, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    I have to daily remind myself of this! Oftentimes my to-do lists are unatainable and I beat myself up about not being able to finish them. Sometimes I’m so overwhelmed that I just don’t do ANYTHING (this happened yesterday). I need to tell myself that there are only 24 hours in a day and it’s ok not to get some things done…and sometimes it’s ok to take a day off! It’s really hard, though, and I often feel guilty!

    • Caitlin Author November 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Whitney, I completely identify with you. Yes. It’s HARD to take time to rest! I struggle with feeling guilty, too, but we need that rest to be more effective. I think it will constantly be a battle to be sure we’re not being lazy but not crazy about our schedules, either. At least I’ve found I tend to favor an extreme over pushing to find balance. A difficult struggle, but so worth it!

  • Amy G October 31, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I like the idea of writing down the reasons for not taking action. Sometimes when we put our fears into words and get them out there, they sound a lot sillier than they did in our heads.

    • Caitlin Author November 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Exactly!! I’ve also found a lot of those fears are similar, just trying to disguise themselves with a different situation or slightly different wording.

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