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Day 44 - B.H.A.G.'s and switching from perfectionism to Excellence

Monday, January 13, 2014

Some of you know that I like to read ... a LOT and on as wide a variety of topics as possible. Basically ... I'm an info hoarder. Big time.

So after loads of reading of loads of articles here, on other sites, and reading loads of books on health, fitness, exercise - and biographies from people doing ridiculously amazing and inspiring stuff ... I'm working on cooking up some B.H.A.G.'s so big that at this point - I have to research. It's fun. Please try this. It's really insanely fun.

And ... this morning I dug out my tape-measure. Up until now I'd only used the scale ... but that's so one-dimensional. It's not because I didn't remember the good old tape-measure that I haven't used it in the previous 43 days ... but because I have one of those numbers heads ... still remember my high-school locker combo, remember the number of pages in my favorite book, ... and I remember all my measurements from before.

And ... so what. This is now - and I don't want to miss any part of this transformation ... so I busted out my tape-measure and wrote the numbers down - happily. Because I know they're not static ... or moving in the "wrong" direction. I can tell that I feel stronger, fitter, can breathe better (THANK YOU!! - you KNOW who you are!), and can tell when I move that I "bump" into me less ... and it's not about perfection ... it's about EXCELLENCE.

Recently in the course of reading Dr. Brene Brown (she did 2 fantastic TED-talks on shame & vulneratibily - check them out!) I stumbled across a comment she made about the difference between being a perfectionist and excellence. It hit home. So I read some more stuff. That hit home too ... so now I am trying to intentionally switch from perfectionism which I'm so good-ish at (eek. Seriously people ... I need to not vacuum every. single. day.) to being a mad mad proponent of all things Excellence. Excellence is an attitude - a passion - a commitment and it's about the big picture. Perfectionism is an impossible rule measuring happenstance moments. Excellence trumps perfectionism.

And ... I'd hoped to cross-country ski again this morning before returning all the equipment - but it was so icy that instead one of my students and I just walked around a bit.
Here's the marsh I live near. I spend a LOT of dog-walking, biking, hiking, bird-watching time here.

they're building a "family" jungle-jim at the park. My student and I saw this and she looked at me and said "I'm in your family - right? We're going to come here?" ... "Darn straight!!"

and this is how we treat tired dogs around here ...
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  • FRAN0426
    Thanks for clearing up the picture of the dog---had me wondering hoe that would be comfy for fido.
    Perfection, awe yes I have a son that can drive one nuts with his perfectionistic attitude. I have seen him completly start a project over because he didn't like the way something looked. Tough when your building models of buildings, working toward your masters degree ( and all the ime up to this point too).
    Sorry you didn't get to cross country ski today, however; sounds like you had a great time out walking on this nice day.
    1350 days ago
    How refreshing to see someone else using a tape measure! You're right - the scale is one-dimensional. I also love your distinction between perfectionism and excellence. If we strive for perfection we'll never get there and it's so easy to beat ourselves up every. single. day. But if we strive for excellence - which simply means putting our best foot forward and doing everything we can to the best of our ability - then it become easy to CELEBRATE accomplishments and motivate ourselves closer to even more excellence!

    P.S. I don't believe you. I think you levitate tired dogs.
    1351 days ago
    okay ... that picture's upside down ... I don't know why ... we do not LEVITATE tired dogs ... lol
    1351 days ago
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