Hi! It’s Heather The Happy Blogger coming to you from my mom’s kitchen counter in New Smyrna Beach, FL. I took an impromptu trip down here to my hometown to see my mom while she’s not feeling well. I’m making the most of it and have enjoyed spending time with her, my step dad, sister, and nephew.
I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog and because his posts are so enlightening and tend to be consumable in a matter of minutes, I generally read most of them when they arrive in my inbox. He offers practical information that’s easy to use and it’s helped me reevaluate my thinking when I’ve been working out a problem or looking for a solution.
I related to one of his most recent posts called, “Self truth (and the best violinist in the world” because I used to be a perfectionist and at times, my behavior was paralyzing. I would sometimes over think and over complicate things so much that I could barely get them done. I was living an “analysis by paralysis” life and wasting an incredible amount of time second-guessing my efforts and work.
I was striving for perfection but all I was doing was complicating my work and making my life more stressful than necessary.
Seth explains that the quest to be the technical best is an excuse. He says it’s a form of hiding from others and the marketplace because while you’re constantly refining your craft, you resist putting effort towards making real art and real connections. You’re not pushing the boundaries of what you can do and extending yourself. Instead, you waste time and energy staying inside the lines trying to conform and think this behavior will put your skills in high demand.
This was my light bulb moment!
I read the post thinking, “If I’m kicking technical perfection to the curb to improve myself, what else can I do to grow?” Seth’s answer to my question was simple because deep down I already had an idea about the solution: Be the best, most perfect version of your quirky self. People who are comfortable with themselves are easy to be around and aren’t afraid to let their essences glow. Instead of being preoccupied with technicalities, they’re getting results by taking action and making things happen on their own terms without an apology.
If you want to live a Location Liberated Lifestyle, but are waiting for the perfect time to make your move, don’t waste another second crafting your “perfect” scenario. The stars won’t align until you decide on a constellation that’s right for you and only you. By deciding that now is the time, it becomes right and you begin working towards making your dream a reality!
Once this happens, it’s amazing how all the technical elements fall into place.
Go below to get Seth’s post: