Can you believe it’s nearly October? I was looking back over this month and realized the phrase that has become a theme in my life the last few weeks is “progress, not perfection.”
This has been true in so many areas.
Running– I missed a few workouts and cut back my miles more than my “plan” called for a few times, but I’m not sweating it. Progress… not perfection.
Healthy living– I had some emotional eating weeks as we processed sad news and adjusted to our new house. In the past, I would have been beating myself up for losing control. But you know what? It’s just not helpful. I can keep going forward, choosing not to dwell on poor choices and know that it really shouldn’t have power to bring down my mood, so I’m not letting it. A healthy living journey has room for off days (or weeks). Progress… not perfection.
Career- I’ve linked up with a local yoga studio, local running store and chiropractor which I’m really excited about. I added a combined running/health coaching program. I also have about ten other things I wish I could accomplish (start an e-book, offer group health coaching, read a bazillion more books) but I’m choosing to be okay with the progress I’ve made. I have a whole lifetime to check off my career “to do” list. Progress… not perfection.
Family- We found a preschool we love and are balancing some days with two parents at home trying to work. Even though my hours are very part time, there are many days when I wish I had gotten more done, or had time to comment on more blogs, or could have had an extra hour or two to myself… but I’ve been realizing this is the only time my daughter will be 3. I need to soak it up! So I’ve stopped the multi-tasking with my phone or checking emails in between moments of play. Progress… not perfection.
Quiet time/meditation/prayer– I’ve had great intentions of holding myself to more quiet time in the mornings or evenings to slow down and breathe, but it wasn’t happening. Finally, I gave myself permission to take just 5 minutes (rather than the 30 or whatever I thought was “ideal”) and I started actually following through and doing it. Progress… not perfection.
I’ve learned that I have perfectionist tendencies but I am choosing to be content with where I am and what (good or not-so-good) choices I’ve made that day, week, month.
Naming the progress and good things in each day shifts my whole perspective to one of gratitude, contentment and joy.
Do you struggle with negative thoughts if you don’t meet your own expectations for yourself?
What is one way this month you’ve seen progress, not perfection?