Do You Really Need to Get It Right?


Do You Really Need to Get It Right?

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Everything in life has a cost.  When I chose to go to West Point, I paid a price and sacrificed a lot of my freedom for several years in order to train to be an Army officer.  When I chose the sport of running, I paid the price physically to be the best I could possibly be.  I watch my 72 year old father walk gingerly as he nurses chronic joint and back pain, a result of many of years of hard manual labor.  His body paid the price for financial security

We want to get our lives right, but what does that mean, really?  I’ve witnessed several people in my life strive to better their situation by “getting it right” only to become overly stressed in the process.  I’m the same way, I’ve worked my entire life to get my life right in all areas, only to be frustrated on several occasions.

One afternoon, while flying 30,000 feet to a conference for a scheduled speaking “gig” I was pouring over my presentation, working hard to perfect it and get it right for my audience, then I realized that I was wasting my time, because getting it right is not what will connect with my audience.

I’ve slowly come to realize that the end product is not nearly as important as what I become in the process and that is who I am is what connects with people, not what I give them.

People don’t buy products, they buy transformation.  So in the end, who cares if it’s “right”, whatever that is, as long as you’ve grown during the process and are better for it.

Perfection is never the goal.  Transformation is the goal, so stop fretting over the color of the walls you plan to paint your newborn child’s bedroom, but instead celebrate that you are blessed with life and have the awesome opportunity to be a parent, which by the way, you won’t get right either.

So, there is a cost for being right, and I’m confident you won’t always get it right, but the transformation you experience will be worth it.  Change your paradigm and enjoy your journey, for its unique only to you and your God given destiny.  What are you stressing out about in your life right now?  Let it go and instead focus on what you are becoming during the process, for that will be your legacy.

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3 comments

  1. You really nailed it this time, Erick! Whenever I read your blog posts, they always seem to have relevance to something I’m working on (personal development) at the time. This one was particularly timely. Focus on transformation over outcome surely represents a quantum leap in the discipline of self-improvement. Right on!

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    1. Robb, we are on similar journeys! I appreciate your feedback. Keep up the good fight! You are an awesome husband and father. I’m proud of you!

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  2. Right

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