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Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Late last year Gretchen Rubin put a post up with the headline "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." That motto has been stirring around the back of my head since the other day. I was talking to my manager today and he was stressing about going to the gym or or hanging out with his little sister. I suggested that he go for a walk with her and he was like "Yeah, she'd totally go for that."

As soon as I said that I thought immediately, "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good" and we started talking about that for a bit.

I did not get my steps in today. I did not get near my steps in today. I didn't go for a walk on my break and I didn't go for a walk on my lunch and I got stuck at work until 7:30 so by the time I got home I just didn't have the energy.

This is the type of day that often seems to throw me off course. I get so uptight that I didn't get everything exactly right that I throw in the towel and give everything up.

I don't want to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Did I have a perfect day? Nope today was not perfect. The way I see it I have two choices.

1. I can beat myself because I didn't meet all my goals.

2. I can look at how the day was good, and acknowledge the fact that yeah, while I didn't do everything perfectly, I took steps toward my goal.

I'm going to choose option 2 cause I've been choosing option 1 in the past and that doesn't seem to be working for me.

So here we go.

Goals for the day:
1. 10,000 steps: I didn't make that goal today, didn't even get close. I did however take the stairs instead of taking the elevator.

2. Pack my lunch every day: I did not bring my lunch today. I did however get a cobb salad without cheese or dressing for lunch. I've also stayed within my calorie budget (although on the high end).

Here's to the link for the quote I've been talking about.

www.happiness-project.co
m/happiness_project/2012/1
2/secret-of-adulthood-dont
-let-the-perfect-be-the-en
emy-of-the-good/
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CLWALDRO 3/16/2013 7:50AM

    We do not need to be perfect we just need to get up every day and do our best no matter what that looks like for the day. Some days you will get the step goal and other days life will be in control and you will miss that but if you focus on trying to be more active each day and make wise food choices it will all come together and beating yourself up for not reaching a goal is a waste of time .
Best wishes on your journey daily to better health emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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