Good is better than perfect....Done is better than perfect...
I know people who are perfectionist who don't do anything unless they do it "perfectly". When they exercise, they are training for the marathon. When they graduate, it will be with a 4.0 GPA. When they write, it will be for a New York Times Best Seller. Well, I very nearly never do anything perfect. So, I must not be a perfectionist, right?
Recently I stumbled on to an article in Forbes magazine that broke it down just a little bit further.... and here it is - this is why I keep having to remind myself - done is better than perfect - send the card, post the message, just do it.... I am a maximizer.
Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project states there are two kinds of decision makers: “Satisficers are those who make a decision or take action once their criteria are met. That doesn’t mean they’ll settle for mediocrity; their criteria can be very high, but as soon as they find the business card that has the qualities they want, they’re satisfied. Maximizers want to make the optimal decision. Even if they see a bicycle or a backpack that meets their requirements, they can’t make a decision until after they’ve examined every option, to make the best possible choice.” Her studies suggest that satisficers are happier than maximizers. This is because maximizers spend a lot more time and effort to reach a decision, and still get anxious about whether they made the best choice.
So, what is going to happen if there was a better choice? What if I could have gotten a better deal? What if there was a better way? What if I try and fail? What if I put it out there and then don't meet my goal? Well, anyone...?
I suspect that I will get back up and try again. I suspect I'll do it better next time. I suspect that I won't even miss the couple dollars that I could have saved. I suspect that everyone who tells me how I could have done it better has either never tried and never will or even better, they do know and will tell me something that will keep me from making the same mistake twice.
On the other hand, what if I do the thing that I set out to do, and it succeeds in making someone feel significant? Helps someone get better or feel better? Is simply what I believe God asked me to do. Creates the very thing I wanted to create.
Either way, it's time to stop thinking about what other people think and go after what we are wanting to create with everything we have! We do our best, we strive for excellence but we don't wait for perfect. We will fail if we do... but this is also the only way to succeed.
Want to dive in more to this... check out the conversation between Oprah and Brené Brown.
“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”
To support me in my journey of discovery, even when it means uncovering a little perfectionism that I need to be rid of...
Bergamot is a beautiful fresh and fruity citrus oil that is both relaxing and uplifting and is my top choice for self discovery. It works as to uplift the mood and brings back confidence to the self and helps to release self judgements. “Bergamot has a cleansing affect on stagnant feelings and limiting beliefs systems.” (Emotions & Essential Oils)
Over all, this oil helps to bring back optimism, hope and self love.
Application: Inhale throughout the bottle consistently throughout the day or use with a diffuser. Topically apply 2-3 drops on the solar plexus and on the wrists. Dilute is necessary. This oil is photosensitive, so avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours if you have applied on the part of the body that will be exposed to sun.
Another favorite of mine... a blend from Dr. Susan Lawton. Use as perfume daily.
Oil of Self Discovery: Blend together 1 Tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil, 4 drops of Bergamot, 3 drops of Wild Orange, 2 drops of Rose or Geranium, and 2 drops of White Fir. Gently blend and apply to bones behind ears, wrists or put in hands and rub together and inhale deeply.
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN
Top Three Essential Oils You Need: 99 Ways To Use Lavender, Lemon And Peppermint
There are so many amazing essential oils out there, but knowing which ones to start
with can be confusing! If this sounds familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to introduce you to the three most popular essential oils from doTERRA that I always recommend; the Beginners Trio Kit of lavender, lemon and peppermint. I’m also going to share with you how to use them andhow to reap some fabulous benefits for you and your family. Remember that these are powerful oils and shouldn’t be applied without a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. You can also use sweet almond oil or even olive oil. You can read more about using essential oils safely here.
Lavandula (common name lavender) is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Lavender flowers are usually purple, a colour associated with the crown chakra, for higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. This symbolism is so appropriate as lavender is often used for healing and. doTERRA source their lavender essential oil from Bulgaria where the sunny, dry Black Sea climate coupled with dry, well drained, sandy soils are ideal for this aromatic plant.
With a distinct aroma and countless applications, lavender essential oil has been used for centuries topically, internally and aromatically. Known for its sweet-floral aroma and calming properties, the major constituents of lavender oil include linalool and linalyl acetate. The versatile nature of this lovely oil make it a doTERRA favourite, and a must-have to keep on hand at all times.
33 Lavender Oil Uses And Benefits:
As my go-to Swiss Army knife essential oil, lavender is always in my holiday first-aid kit (read more here). Here’s a list of how to use lavender and some of the benefits:
Fun fact: it takes around 16 kilos of lavender flowers to produce just one 15ml bottle of lavender essential oil! If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lavender essential oil you can watch this video:
Have you tried any of these suggestions? What is your favourite way to use lavender?
doTERRA sources lemon essential oil from citrus orchards in Sicily, Italy. Through Co-Impact Sourcing®, doTERRA has provided a business opportunity for families who have grown lemon and bergamot for generations continue their family tradition of running an orchard. Clean, fresh, citrusy lemon essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile oils, with variety of uses and benefits, not just in the kitchen. The high limonene content makes it a powerful antioxidant and a cleansing agent so its deodorising and purifying properties are often used in cleaning and preservative products and diffusers. Lemon may also aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.
33 Lemon Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: In one year, a single lemon tree has the potential to produce around 250kgs of lemons, and it typically takes around 45 lemons to fill a 15mL essential oil bottle. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lemon essential oil you can watch this video:
Did you know about all the skincare applications for lemon essential oil? What are your favourite ways to use this lovely citrus oil in your home?
The peppermint plant is a versatile perennial herb that has been cherished since ancient times and is now used by cosmetic, culinary, and health industries around the world. It’s well known for its ability to help digestive health, promote healthy respiratory function, and provide flavour enhancement too. No wonder it’s one of doTERRA’s best-selling essential oils.
The main chemical component of peppermint is menthol which gives it the fresh and minty scent. It also makes it energising and invigorating, and is very cooling to the skin, and can be used topically to relieve feelings of tension.
33 Peppermint Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: Peppermint’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. In ancient Greek Mythology, Minthe (also known as Mentha), a nymph, was transformed by Queen Persephone into a sweet-smelling mint.
Have you ever used peppermint as a breathing aid? Or in recipes? How do you like to use it?
Post by: Tanya Maidment