Friday, January 8, 2010

Progress not Perfection

New Years Resolutions time! Last year, I made a blog specifically for New Years Resolutions - to track, to have support, and accountability for goals. It was fun to support each other in our goals and see the progress we made.
I made another blog for that same purpose, but this year we are calling it "Progress Not Perfection." I don't know if you are like me and get trapped in the all-or-nothing mentality. This is why I stopped dieting. If I ate so much as one cookie, I thought it was all for naught and ended up downing the whole box. I had somewhat of the same mentality with my goals - if I didn't exercise for one day, I would just throw in the towel (at least for a while) - and get discouraged - till I found the willpower & motivation to start again.
Well, my first New Years Resolution is to stop beating myself up if I am not perfect in my goals! I'm still going to set them. I'm still going to work at them. What I'm NOT going to do is expect to be able to do ALL of them ALL the time & never mess up. I will mess up. I will have days that I don't exercise. I will have days that I don't wake up before the kids do to get my personal study in. I will have days that I don't get all the water or fruit or vegetables that I should. But the goal is PROGRESS. Doing the best I can given the circumstances. But not giving up.
Anyway, so that - in a nutshell - is what I'm all about this year with my goals. The site is Anyone who wants to contribute is welcome! Just leave a comment w/ your e-mail - and if you're scared to do it for fear that you will fail, don't be. We are all going to mess up.
“It is not a disgrace to fail…one must analyze each failure and find its cause…he must learn how to fail intelligently. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. One fails toward success.”

~ Unknown quotes from Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins: The Paradox of Innovation


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Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Patricia Potts said...

I hear your words echoing in my heart and I "take heart" for the new year.
Thanks for leading the way!