For the last few weeks we have been banging on about perfectionism being a major stumbling block for many of us.
We let the need to tweak, and fix, and “gild the lily” keep us from accomplishing more, and sometime from even beginning a project. But there are other things that stop us as well.
Bored and Uninspired.
If we do not feel some kind of thrill when we prepare to do something, even if it is work, we will not give our best. In fact, if we are bored enough, we will not give it anything. For work, for many of us, this means “dialing in” our performance. We sleepwalk through major parts of our existence. We convince ourselves that putting more life into whatever it is, will not make any difference. And, it certainly won’t bring us joy.
Rather than turning to gold, we are concerned that it will all turn to brass or ashes beneath our touch.
The issue is not usually the goal itself, but a loss of vision or perspective about why the goal may be, or may have been important to us. Not everything we do in life will be dazzling. In fact, if we are honest with ourselves, most of it won’t be. But, that does not mean that we cannot bring dazzle, sparkle, imagination and life to the things we do.
When we feel the most bored, the most uninspired, we need to look for a way forward. For boredom, the best first step is to find a temporary “why” and a temporary “how.”
What does that mean?
Hate your job? It pays the bills until you can find something better. Do a great job until you find something more to your liking. This is a temporary “why.” The alternative, is to find things that inspire you outside of your work schedule. A new hobby, a new sport. Something that uses your hands instead of your mind, or the the other way around.
Hate housekeeping? Hire someone once a month, once every two weeks to get a jump start. Start getting rid of the clutter. Even if it is one small boxful at a time. This is a temporary “how.”