Almost ten months out from January 1, those “New Year, New You” resolutions we set and, oh yeah, about those resolutions… am I right, or am I right? If you’ve forgotten at this point what you resolved to do in 2015, chances are you’re not alone.
Throughout January, we are riding the high of the new year. We are loving life. Everything is great. By February, the momentum of the new year has begun to wear off and life “got busy.” Been there? [raises hand] Things come up, and all of a sudden, we have become second priority to all else. Buuuuut, no one else is to blame. We allowed it to happen. But the good news is that we can also choose to make ourselves a priority. We are only ever one *choice* away from ACTION, which puts us right back in power.
To make yourself top priority is not selfish. In fact, the more time you take for yourself, the better parent/spouse/sibling/friend/
Here’s the thing: January 1 is nothing but a placeholder on the calendar. Any significance it has we give it. We like to think that it is the only time we can “get healthy,” eat “clean” or try something new; an invitation to launch a “do over,” if you will. It is not. But, there lies power in thought. Every day is January 1st, if you let it be.
So instead of making excuses as to why you have failed at perfection, accept the imperfections which, themselves, are only human. Do not quit just because you have fallen short of something that does not even exist. You say, “Why bother [if it can’t be perfect]?” I say, ‘You can always #bebetter.’ When people ask me what I do, I tell them I am in the continuous improvement business. You can BE that, DO that and HAVE that, too.
What if, this year, you aimed for finished not perfect? That is doable, no? After struggling for years trying to do life perfectly, and failing (by no one’s standards but my own), I am over it. Because when we aim for perfect, we always end up falling short. Nothing is ever good “enough.” I get it. I do. What is ‘perfect’ anyway? Nothing but an artificial construct that serves to make us absolutely miserable, IMHO. So, eff perfect and embrace its antithesis: antiperfectionism.
*Bottom line: Today can be January 1st and tomorrow can, too, if you let it. Will you?
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