Episode 025 of TUB-Thump is a head’s up to a great tip from Brian Johnson.
If you’ve not heard of Brian, he’s on a mission to help people change the world through optimal living, which is “integrating ancient wisdom + modern science + common sense + virtue + mastery + fun”.
The tip I refer to is one that I’ve never considered in quite this way. Perhaps it’ll resonate with you too.
“Any time that I’m feeling less than optimal, this is what I come back to. What one thing do I need to start doing, and what one thing do I need to stop doing to take it to the next level?” – Brian Johnson
In those moments when I feel like I’m trying too hard, I have to take a step back.
If I didn’t, I’d fall into perfectionism. And I don’t like how that feels.
If you suffer from those feelings of wanting to make everything spot on…blemish free…without a single flaw…it’s time to burst that perfection bubble.
First off, nobody is perfect. You know that, but that doesn’t always stop us trying.
And, in a way, there’s no harm in trying. But there’s a fine line between doing your best and obsessing over immaculate execution.
Episode 024 of TUB-Thump uses academic grades to point out that a First class mark at 70% may well be 30% off of perfect, but it’s still a First. It’s good enough.
“Here is to making everything as good enough as we possibly can.”
Here are the show notes for the 4-min episode:
01:20 – Perfectionism takes up too much time.
01:40 – You’ll never be perfect for everyone. But how do you get over that?
02:10 – Someone who excels where you don’t will lack in areas where you excel. “We’re all as weak as we are strong.”
02:40 – Think in terms of academic marks. If 70% is a First, you won’t be disappointed when you get 74%. It’s not 100%…It’s not even 80%. And that’s because it doesn’t work that way. A First is, essentially, a long way from perfect. But it’s still a First. It’s definitely good enough.
03:00 – Since nobody can achieve perfection, why does the worry build up? It’s not possible. Good enough, however, is always possible.