At the beginning of each new year, a dear friend chooses a “theme” rather than a resolution. Ranging from The Year of Adventure to The Year of Saying No, the theme she chooses sets the tone for the year’s goals and how she wants to grow. Taking her lead, I have determined 2014 will be The Year of Imperfection.
I know I am not alone in finding myself paralyzed by the pursuit of perfection. How often have you labored over a simple email before sending – spending an inordinate amount of time analyzing the tone, context, and grammar of a message that will be digested and discarded within seconds? How many times have you decided not to try a new activity because you were afraid you wouldn't get it right or end up looking downright foolish?
While putting our best foot forward is admirable, we too often allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good – and in the process miss opportunities for growth and joy.
What would it look like to embrace imperfection? How good would it feel to silence the critical voices in our heads that hold us back? The new year provides a great opportunity to try a fresh approach, and I invite you to join me in this grand experiment.
New Beginnings is a work in progress. If you see room for improvement, let me know!
How will you embrace the freedom of imperfection? How can we help?