Thursday, December 22, 2011

Savvy Entrepreneur: You Don't Have To Be Super Woman

I'm sure many of you suffer from the same affliction I do... the need to do it all, perfectly, right now. However today I'm admitting defeat, not failure, just defeat. The holidays got the better of me, I made too many plans and promises to myself and it's just not all going to happen the way I want it to.

I'm raising the white flag of surrender, saying I just can't do it all and most importantly acknowledging this before I have any true battle wounds. I am not beat down and I didn't fail, I just bit off more than I could chew (pardon the mixing of metaphors, my brain isn't too sharp today).

I'm writing this because I had intended for a much more in-depth post on finding your rhythm to make your days more productive, but that's not happening. And after a little fighting back I realized that was ok. I don't always have to do it all, all the time, perfectly.

I'm writing this to remind you of that fact for two reasons. This is the time of year when we're most likely to overextend ourselves and pay for it in the end. It's also the time of year that we tend to reflect and turn toward what we wished had gone better.

I'm begging you not to do either. Most likely many of the promises you made over these past few weeks were only to yourself. Pick one thing, decide not to do it and relish the slightly lighter feeling your shoulders have. Then when you feel yourself starting to drift toward the "should haves" and "wish I would haves" of the past year, stop! Look instead toward all you did accomplish and what you learned that will take you further next year.

Now go enjoy your holidays knowing that even though you're not Super Woman, no one else is either and you're the smarter one for admitting it.

Happy Holidays!!!

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ROBOT Inside said...

as I am making my to do list for the day, I really needed to hear that. I am not going to make a dozen owl ornaments today for the girlfriends of relatives who just won't care, so thank you. it needed to be said...If it isn't done today, it just isn't going to happen. I am good with it if you are! :)

Anonymous said...

@Robot sorry for the delay in responding, I took some much needed holiday time off. However, I'm so glad to hear I could provide the much needed perspective to make your day easier.

I always commend those who can say no. Sometimes that's the hardest task for us all.

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