Many people who will read this (all 5 lucky folks) likely know I spent my first nine years after college working in the corporate world as a financial analyst. While I was tied to my desk I was always guilty of spending waaaaayyy too much time to complete projects. There was no deadline that I couldn’t miss. My problem was I was a self-admitted perpetual tinkerer. The final result had to be perfect before I unleashed the awesomeness to the rest of the world. I wanted people to praise my work as perfected by a deity (yup, income statements are wicked nifty!)
Anyway, my boss always told me, “Don’t let perfect get in the way of better.” It took me to change careers and become a fitness and nutrition coach to fully appreciate the wisdom of this advice. I find myself using the same line nearly daily. Adults often come into the facility looking for the perfect diet or the perfect exercise program.
Big spoiler…it doesn’t exist!
Perfection in terms of eating habits or exercise is not something to be strived for. Instead let’s shoot for better. If you are eating Cocoa Puffs for breakfast then replacing that with a few eggs and veggies is better (a whole heap better actually.) Going from 3 cans of soda (assuming it still comes in cans) to 1 can is better. Going from inactivity to 2-3 sessions of resistance training per week is better. Instead of spending your nights and weekends glued to the television take your kids on a hike.
And if you are listening to Justin Bieber then putting on some Jane’s Addiction is definitely better!!
These are all small habits that when implemented over time will lead to tremendous results.