|Do you have a favorite book that offers you inspiration and hope? Perhaps it provides you with some nuggets to assist you in your daily life? I recently spent some time raising awareness for a cause near and dear to my heart – ovarian cancer. At the fourth annual Charlene’s Light event in Duluth in September — Ovarian Cancer Awareness month – I had the pleasure of connecting with Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller. Since then, I’ve been reading her book entitled, It’s Not About Perfect. It has really sparked my attention and I can relate… not just because I’m not perfect.
I was a competitive gymnast too. I spent 4-5 disciplined hours in the gym several days a week. As a gymnast, it seemed like everything was all about perfection; the perfect toe point, perfect landing and perfect score. As a baton twirler (yes, I was a majorette), it was all about the beautiful hands, the beautiful smile, the perfect hair and the right look. In school, it was all about the perfect grades. I put so much pressure on myself to always be perfect in everything I did. And while striving for perfection is admirable, I’ve shifted my focus from perfection to intention and gratitude. Today, I am focused on my own health journey, my happiness and helping others along their wellness journey.
I would be lying to you if I didn’t share that deep down I’m still a perfectionist. I’m not sure when that took hold, but it did and it is part of me. Present day me embraces that, but I also now know that life doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s not about that. It’s about effort. Getting up, dressing up, showing up every day type effort. And when you bring that every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how we overcome obstacles.
We all face obstacles and barriers to success in our health, family, and work. Whatever it may be, the reality is that we’re all going to suffer some setbacks. If that is YOU today and you’re facing some setbacks, realize that it’s okay…Shannon says it best in her book, it’s about getting back up that matters. Even when you fall a million times off the balance beam, you don’t know if that next routine could win gold.
Treat yourself. Embrace imperfection. Worry less. Live more. Remember that it’s not about perfect. It’s about progress and getting back up after you fall down a few times. Shared stories inspire all of us — they’re worth their weight in Olympic gold. I’d love to hear how you are making progress and putting in your best effort, even if the temporary results might feel imperfect.
We invite you to comment below: If it’s not about perfect, what is it about for you?