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I'm on a new mission. We'll sort of. The thing is, I really need to acknowledge and nurture my passion, my raison d'être. I want to pay more attention to the things that feed my soul. If only I didn't want to do a million things at once. Lets talk about the blog. Shamefully, I've been neglecting it. Something I started with so much promise and excitement has fallen by the way side so I can be more productive in other areas. At first it was the struggle in trying to balance it all, a heavy workload from my "day job",  juggling a slew of personal projects and just the regular trappings of every day life. However, once I got into the habit of neglecting it a little bit, it became easier to neglect it a little more and a little more until I reached the point where someone should have called child protective services on me for neglecting this baby of mine, as I so often put it. She is malnourished and I am now an unfit parent.

The good news is I’ve pinpointed a problem and I'm ready to fix it. Part of the sorta-new mission that I mentioned before is really to conduct a self-evaluation and in the process be honest with myself about what I want out of life. Career, family, spirituality etc. What is going to make me feel whole? I have so many different interests that it's hard to pinpoint where it is that I should place my focus. I've tried to do everything at once before and have learned that spreading myself too thin gets me a whole lot of nowhere.

It might be time to pull back a bit from my mission to reach the upper echelons of the corporate ladder and come up with a definition of personal success that really means something to me. What does that mean for the blog I created with a heavy focus on taking corporate America by storm? The power moves and female empowerment are still important to me but those things may take on a whole new meaning as I really define my true mission and vision for my life. The power moves I make going forward don’t necessarily need to be confined within the walls of a mega corporation. Why not explore making power moves in entrepreneurship, real estate, stocks, investments, social responsibility, powerful connections and more. If you're reading this, I'm glad you're still with me on this journey. I apologize for leaving you hanging. I'm talking to you and myself. You hear me self? I apologize for leaving you hanging. We're gonna get this together. As always...

Thank you for reading. Now… Let the power moves continue.

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I had a discussion with a friend the other day about being positive and how thinking positively and speaking positively can actually impact our lives for the better. There’s a theory that whatever type of energy you put out is the same type of energy you get back. Think positively and positive things will happen. Think negatively and negative things will happen. To be confident we must be positive in our thinking.  It’s all about what you believe or what you make yourself believe. Trust in yourself and believe that you can do it, whatever it is. There’s a great quote by Henry Ford that goes like this: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right." I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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I've been in fight mode as of late. I'm in a place where everything is seemingly so much harder than it should be. What is a hop, skip and a jump for others is more like a climb up Mount Everest for me. I've been fighting and arming myself with all sorts of weapons for success and bettering myself with the training I believe I need so my victory is eminent. I believe it but sometimes I forget. I need little visual reminders like this to keep fighting. Anything worth having is worth fighting for.

 

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So a few months back the director of my department shared an email with her team on the subject of perfection and how the quest for perfectionism often keeps us from making progress. The point of her sharing this was to give us some food for thought in terms of keeping us on track for meeting our timelines and reaching our set goals.

The link she shared, which seemed to be an old entry from a defunct blog site led to a piece entitled Perfection Is the Enemy Of Progress. Heavy right? I think generally most people think that achieving perfection is something that we should constantly strive for but what happens when achieving perfection just gets in the way of our progress?  Now I can certainly be anal retentive about certain things. I think being a creative type may have something to do with that. I want my creations, whatever they are (writings, paintings, outfits, etc.) to be the perfect manifestations of the image I had in my mind. I constantly feel the burdensome need to make my audience see it exactly as I had envisioned it. Oh and you certainly cannot see it before it’s finished.  Even when I first declare something finished, it usually isn’t truly finished until three or four adjustments later.

You’ve probably often heard the phrase “he’s/she’s such a perfectionist” said with commendation and awe and I totally realize why people hold this quality in such high regard. Being a perfectionist is hard work. Where most people would have the tendency to give up, the perfectionist continues on. It can be interesting as all hell to watch. Picture the chef plating his dish and stooping down to eye level to make sure the dressing is just right or the sculptor going over the same area again and again to remove that annoying little imperfection. That’s fine and dandy but what I’m coming to realize in the business world, is sometimes good enough is good enough and the perfectionist in me has to let it go and not agonize over every minute detail.

When I think about all those emails or memos that have taken half an hour or more to write or choices that I agonize over that aren’t life changing or career altering or even really that important, it kind of makes me sick to my stomach. So much time and energy was lost when I could have been applying my time more usefully in some other area. It’s definitely something that I need to work on and am currently making a concerted effort to keep an eye out for. It’s honorable to strive for greatness but constantly running after perfection in each and every aspect of your work or personal boarders on insanity. I’m asking myself, ”What difference will it make if this is perfect versus just really good?.” If the answer is “Not much of a difference.” I should be comfortable with calling it finished and moving on to the next thing. So in that spirit, I’m only going to proof read this post once. Don’t judge me if you find any mistakes. I’m a work in progress people.

 

Thanks for reading. Now let’s make power moves ladies.

 

Read the post that inspired this one: Perfection is the Enemy Of Progress   - Justin L Loyd.