Hey Hey: Over the next month, Chatter in The Hall will be featuring a guest blogger. Danielle DeAngelis, is a Team Lead at United Wholesale Mortgage and will be contributing to our movement. I was fortunate to get to see some of the stuff she was sending to her team and it was fabulous. Danielle challenged her team to go 21 business days without complaining. You know I love this. Through this challenge she created some very insightful and meaningful realizations, and she’s sharing them with us!
Today’s Thought: Progress Over Perfection
I got in my car to leave work yesterday and immediately realized that I had forgot to send out my daily email! It was just one of those days where it completely slipped my mind. I immediately started panicking… and then I stopped. Yes, I felt bad about forgetting. But I made a plan in my head about how I was going to fix it (or let go of it) and then that was that. Once I had my plan, I didn’t need to stress any more. And just like that, the worry was gone.
Progress willalways outweigh perfection. So often we give up on something because we are not perfect at it, but that is CRAZY! I will never be a perfect leader, or wife, or mother, but that doesn’t mean I quit those things. It doesn’t even mean that I should quitstriving to be the best in those things. The goal is not perfection, the goal is always to be the best version of ourselves. And when we fall short of the best version of ourselves because we got caught up in the moment and found ourselves complaining, or showed up in a way we didn’t want to show up – we need to take note of what didn’t go well, make amends by either taking action or choosing to forgive and let go, and then we need to keep it moving and try our best on the very next opportunity we have.
And here is the good news guys, once we have made progress of any kind; it can never been undone. If you make a single conscious effort to stop yourself from complaining today, that single effort cannot be undone or erased. And if we focus on accumulating small victories like that, the goal you have (whatever it is) will be easier to accomplish.
Don’t give up on things that you aren’t perfect at. Progress and effort are a far better measure of success than perfection could ever be. And give yourself credit for the work you’ve already done, you own that, and it can never be taken away from you 😊