But if I just stopped there I could have made this a twitter post.
I come to the first day of the year and realize that there's so much that I COULD do. But I've been here before. And the could have done list soon turns into the should have done list.
So I'm going to push perfection aside for awhile and focus on execution. Because I don't think that perfection is really attainable in terms of accomplishments and achievements. There's always a little room (or a lot of room) for improvement.
But way too often, I'm paralyzed by the fear that something won't be perfect.
Action is blocked by inaction.
Inaction is fueled by fear.
Fear is the result of an unattainable idea.
The unattainable idea is that something needs to be perfect.
I would like to offer another word to use as your motivation for execution: excellence.
Pat Riley said, "Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better."
Unlike perfection, which is a fixed point, excellence is a moving target. What was once considered to be excellent work a year ago may not have the same consideration this year. That is why a student leader must take responsibility for her own growth and improvement. If a student leader misses the mark of excellence, the first place she must look is within herself. A student leader doing the same work, at the same level as she did a year ago is not being excellent.
One of my favorite quotes is from Karen Lamb...