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Action Is Always Better than Perfection for Me

When we were at the end of June, I decided to start tracking my progress here at Persona Paper, so that I could set some clearly defined goals. I do not feel it necessary to strive for perfection in those goals, nor do I think that perfection is even attainable.

What I do believe is that we all need focus in our lives. We must know ourselves and how we best work. I have worked hard over the years on that point (thanks to a great counselor, good friends, and a willingness to look within and change behavior that did not serve me well.

What I found is that, in a quest for perfection, I often found myself bored. I have accepted that I must keep looking beyond. That is one of the reasons I push myself to limits that seem a bit crazy to some people. It is a need for me to keep seeing past the challenges that life throws my way.

My goals, even here at Persona Paper, are simply a reflection of how I need to live my life to keep going. The moment I become stagnant is the moment I might as well die.

I met the first goal of reaching the cash out point of $20.00 by August 10th, 15 days in advance. My stretch goal was 15K Coins in the bank by the same date.

At midnight on July 1st, I started with 10,588 Coins. Though I set my goal of five articles daily, I have not met that average, but I have:

  • Written daily
  • Commented/interacted with others on their writing
  • Stayed focused and not stressed out

All in all, I think I have been rather successful on those three points, as I am now sitting (at this writing) on 13,579 coins, having earned just nine coins shy of 3000 in 26 1/2 days. I need 1421 coins to reach the 15K mark, which is about 98 coins a day.

Am I perfect? Hardly. Stagnant? Hardly. I am just working at what works for me.

And action will always define clarity.

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1300 PDT 13579 20.37 112.70 avg

1421 coins left to 15K Coin Challenge (click for info)--On target

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MegL wrote on July 27, 2015, 4:31 PM

Very often, striving for perfection leads to stagnation because people will not publish their work unless it is "perfect". I know several people who suffer from perfectionism and they all have avoided doing what they are best at (an artist, a writer and a thinker) because they cannot be perfect right from the outset! They are not willing to practise because their practice pieces are not perfect!

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CoralLevang wrote on July 27, 2015, 4:33 PM

MegL You just put a mirror up in front of my face with your post here. Thank you. I have been reluctant to publish a book, or even look into it based on that same reason. Thank you. Ugh...still, I suffer from things I thought I was done with! LOL

MegL wrote on July 27, 2015, 4:43 PM

In fact, you did that yourself with your post. I think your subconscious is trying to tell you something ..... your next job? emoticon :grin:

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 27, 2015, 6:26 PM

You should make that goal with ease then. I know you have made well over 100 on some days here

CoralLevang wrote on July 27, 2015, 11:14 PM

You made me tear up (cry) with this response. I had something interesting happen to me today. Maybe another sign...the Universe trying to tell me something. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 27, 2015, 11:15 PM

wolfgirl569 As long as I have cheerleaders like you and so many others, I will get energy from you. Thank you.

bleekley wrote on July 30, 2015, 4:00 PM

I feel inspired by your example of focus, goal setting and achievements.

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 4:10 PM

Thank you, bleekley !