Weaknesses and bad habits may be a part of the human landscape, but that doesn’t mean we like to focus on them. Or fix them. Or deal with them in any way, really. But in doing so, we’ll wake up, inspire change and smell the coffee of what’s to come. It might be hard to spot your own, but once you see them for what they are, a better way starts to take shape.
For years, I’ve clung to a phrase I saw on a poster at my kids’ elementary school. It read, “Do your best work, not your fastest work.” When they come home with misspelled words or careless math errors, I remind them of this little diddy and send them on their way.
A weekly email newsletter that I receive from Danielle LaPorte, writer, speaker and inspiration ignitor, arrived today asking this question: “What’s chronic, repetitive, or inflamed in your inner or outer life?” And instantly, my mouth dropped. I realized I’m not following my own advice. (Shocking, I know.)
I do good work. Often times, I do great work. But I’m always working fast, so am I doing my best work? Time–and using the lack of it as an excuse for not doing my best work–is my inflammation; the burning fire of chronic repetition in my life that needs to be stomped out. If I look back, I’ve always done well. But have I ever really done my best? And if I did–if I really did, what could happen? This burning question warrants further investigation for all of us, I think. Don’t you?
This is a real challenge for moms; master multi-taskers and constant jacks-of-all-trades. In a world where I feel I need to be all things to all people at all times, what does doing my best even mean? I may not know the answer yet, but I’m a big fan of practicing until you perfect. And while there’s no “perfect” in motherhood or writing, there is “my best”. And from now on, I’ll do my best to settle for giving nothing less.
What’s your chronic issue? What’s inflamed and requiring change in your life? What would happen if you detected it and started to address it today?