“Progress, Not Perfection.”
Welcome words in the midst of the holiday season.
They were scribbled in my handwriting on a yellowed, barely readable photocopy of an article I stumbled upon while sorting through old papers.
The article was about Kaizen, a concept that originated with Japanese manufacturing about deliberate, constant improvement, and which had crossed into the non-business world as well.
"Perfection" is not the aim, but rather, "perpetual, positive improvement every day."
Tiny steps. Infinite progress.
I needed to see those words – “Progress, not perfection.” It was so fitting.
I had 23 items on my To Do list that day and was struck by how insane it felt. “Really? 23 items. How am I ever going to get all of this done?”
It was time for a reality check. I wasn’t.
So for me, although I didn’t get all 23 items accomplished, I did get most of them done, and most importantly, I got the most important ones done. I made progress. I could feel good about that, not beat myself up, let it go and move on.
Once you embrace the concept, you begin to let go. It becomes simpler. Like anything worth doing, it gets easier with practice.
Can you see how this might apply to you? In many ways perhaps – especially during the holidays. Such as:
- Trying to avoid sugar, but ate seven cookies at the party - and really, probably more because you didn’t count the broken ones, because broken cookies don’t count – do they? But you didn’t eat the yule log cake or drink the sugar plum punch (and last year you ate and drank all of it).
- You didn’t fit your workout in. But you did take a 10 minute walk.
- You didn’t make a handmade gift for your book club hostess. But you did pick up a bouquet of her favorite flowers.
You're only human, and that means there will be times—perhaps many—when things don't go as planned. So shake it off, re-focus on your goal and start anew.
Remember it’s about on-going, never-ending improvement.
“A life lived in a constant state of gentle refinement is the only way to lasting success.”
That's what it's all about.
- Progress, not perfection
- A journey, not a destination
- Or as one of my clients says, “emerging skills”
Wishing you much progress,
P.S. Sometimes "progress" needs a little help getting started. I'd love to chat with you about the progress you want to make, and the tools I might have to help you. I offer a complimentary session and scheduling is easy with my online booking system: Schedule Now