Lately there has been all this talk about goals, and about an intentional 2017, and about making life happen. So many things need to fall in place. So many changes need to be made. So many dreams are on the horizon. All it takes is one little thing that doesn’t pan out like we had envisioned, and it all comes tumbling down.
At least for me.
There are some things I need to give up in 2017. I have quite a list of them, actually. I feel like God laid those things on my heart, and I have a feeling He will use those things at just the right time. One of those things I need to give up is the idea of perfection. The assumption that everything I do has to be absolutely, 100%, perfect .. or it doesn’t even matter. The thought that if it’s not done just right, that I’ve failed.. and I might as well quit. So many times that lie has taken me down. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve let a dream or a hope slip away, simply because it didn’t happen perfectly. Perfectly meaning : the way I had planned.
Who says that you have to start new goals on January 1st? Who says you have to have pinterest worthy photos on every blog post? Who says you have to have all your friends on board with your idea for it to be considered successful? Who says that you’re going to be able to please everybody? The answer : NOBODY.
My first several weeks of 2017 didn’t go as planned, and that’s OK. It has driven me CRAZY, and that’s something that I’m going to have to deal with, and get over. It doesn’t mean that I’m not going to have a successful 2017. Things have to change and I really need to change. Some of the things I’m doing now just aren’t working. I need to grant myself a little grace, regroup, and move on.
Here’s to giving up perfection in 2017. No matter how hard you try, things will not be perfect. It doesn’t mean that you failed, and it doesn’t mean you have to quit. I will be reminding myself of this all year long.