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Perfectionism is the enemy of progress

I was born a perfectionist. As a child, I couldn't leave the house without my shoes perfectly tied, bunny ears even on both sides. Bless my mother for not just giving me shoes with velcro. Today, I have more slip on shoes than ones with laces because I have an obsession with Sabahs. But that's neither here nor there. What I want to share is that perfectionism is what's stopping you from sharing your greatness with the world. Perfectionists spend a lot of time comparing themselves and their work to others. They think they will never be good enough do they don't even try. The antidote to this is to give B- (minus) effort. This may make you cringe but I promise you it's the best thing you will ever do. B- work will grant you the permission you need to do the work. A B- workout is better than no workout. B- work is better than no work. If you wait for your work to be perfect, you'll be waiting a long time. Think about the iPhone. A new one comes out each year because it each version gets better and better. Or look how many revisions people make to papers, websites, apps…the list goes on. They put their work out into the world, knowing they will make improvements later. When you give B- work, you move the needle in the direction you want to go in. B- work gets the job done. And a job that's done is better than a job you never started. Best in health, Celeste

Staying focused Need help getting started with B- work? Try The Pomodoro Technique. This time management hack is super simple: Pick 1 task, set a timer for 20-30 minutes, commit to that task until the timer goes off, then take a 5-10 minute break from said task. Repeat. It helps to turn off all distractions during your working sessions. Remind yourself that you can check your phone, email, and social media when you're on your break. Giving yourself these designated times for working and not working will help you stay focused and keep you motivated for a reward (your break) at the end.

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