That’s my 2016 Christmas tree. For years I had tall trees that required me to stand on a ladder to affix the tree-topper and hang the ornaments on the top branches.
But I decided this year that I no longer wished to stand on a wobbly ladder so my tree is my height. But would my friends like my tree as much? Would I like it as much?
After all, my taller trees had 300 lights and this year I’m down to one strand of 100 Led lights. As I stood there evaluating my tree I asked myself — is it good enough?
Honestly, did I think friends at my Open House last week would take one look at the tree and say, “Nope, this tree doesn’t measure up.” Of course they wouldn’t. The tree was more than good enough.
Do you find yourself questioning your judgment about the work you do? Is it never good enough? That kind of self-judgment can impede creativity and hold you back, in my view.
I once worked for a CEO who had the rule, “Let’s aim for 70%.” What he meant was that we’d never achieve perfection, and 70% was an attainable goal so let’s go for it. I’ll always remember a co-worker who used to say, “If you’re looking for perfection, you’ve come to the wrong place.”
So my wish for myself going forward is that I decide when it’s “good enough” and good enough might actually be great, if only I’d let myself enjoy the moment. My wish to you is that you decide when it’s good enough, and not anyone else. Maybe it’s time to stop aiming for perfection.
My other wish for you is —
Happy Holidays and Best of Luck in 2017!