New Year is a time when many of us review the previous 12 months, and reflect upon our successes, and more often, the things that weren’t perfect. It is also the time we set goals and resolutions for the coming year.
For perfectionists, this can be torturous. We can focus more on the gap between what we set out to achieve and what we actually achieved, rather than on the progress we made.
We can agonise over the perfect goal, the perfect life, the perfect system for tracking it all.
But you know what?
Nothing is perfect.
Done is better than perfect.
Something is better than nothing.
So here’s my ten cents on how to have a ‘good enough’ year.
No system is perfect…
'Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time...' ~ Winston ChurchillClick To Tweet
This quote is often used as evidence that democracy is the ‘best’ form of government. I don’t interpret it that way. I interpret this quote as a mature reflection that all systems [of government] have strengths and weaknesses. For this reason, it is important to be aware of both, and not be blinded by the strengths, particularly if you are within the group that experience a disproportionate level of the benefits with fewer of the weaknesses.
No system is perfect. No policy, no economy, no organisation, no piece of software, no productivity system, no appliance, no ‘life hack’. All of them have strengths and weaknesses – if not for you, then for somebody else.
The good news is that this gives you absolute permission to recognise and accept that everything has flaws.
Irrespective of who made it or designed it. Even you.
…But imperfect things create opportunities
You can’t improve a perfect thing. There’s nothing left to do. Nothing to prove. No point in practising.
That’s good news!
There’s lots to do. Everything can be improved upon. Everything can be made better. Some of the flaws can be removed. Some of the problems can be solved.
And who can solve them? You!
So what are you going to do about it?
Just pick something – anything. A problem you see in the world that needs to be solved. A niggle that needs to be fixed. A conundrum. A pickle. A gap in the market. A missing link.
Then figure out how you can positively impact it.
And by positively, I mean constructively and actively – by taking some ownership. Not just signing a petition, or writing a complaint.
Actually roll your sleeves up and decide to make a difference. This is your year.
If not you, then who?
I want to help you to lead. Not from a position of power, but from exactly where you are now.
So I’m writing a book specifically for you. It’ll be out early next year (28 February 2018 to be precise).
If you’d like to know more, please sign up for i3 Insiders (I don’t spam, just a weekly newsletter) where I’ll keep you up to date on progress, test some ideas, and even share a preview or two as we get closer to launch-day.
Let’s do this!