Business Stress Cool Tool # 16: Accept Imperfection

My plan was to complete and post 2 blog posts on the train. That should be easy since I had 4 hours between Salem and Seattle.

Tech intervenes

I love technology and all it allows me to do.  But sometimes it just doesn’t come through. While I had internet access on the train (which I think is pretty cool,) wordpress and Ipad don’t talk nicely. 

I was productive, but the bottom line is that I wasn’t able to complete what I’d planned. And because I’ve promised you a cool tool every week I felt stressed about not completing this task. 

keyboard for confused business owner

My muscles tensed. My breath got shallower. I felt anxious. I tried to find a work around, trying apps for different browsers, etc.

But in the end I didn’t find a workable solution and had to let my plans go.

Once I released my plan I could relax and work on something else. But until then the plan held my energy and attention captive.

 When Imperfect is Perfect

Accepting an outcome that was less than perfect reduced my stress level greatly. I’m pretty sure posting my blog post a couple weeks late harmed no one.

I love Dr. Brene´ Brown’s take on this subject. Watch this five-minute video of her speaking about The Gifts of Imperfection. She mentions feeling like we’re not enough, authenticity, the need to set boundaries and how these effect our energy level.

Want more? Check out her book by the same name. I just bought it and am looking forward to reading it. Anyone out there read it? What did you think?

Have the issues of trying to be perfect and not feeling like you’re enough ever tapped you on the shoulder? Share your thoughts and experiences here.