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For those about to make wrong decisions… I salute you!

By Marcus Santer

I‘m a recovering perfectionist.

I say recovering, because I still have a lot of work to do.

And I have to say… As ‘issues’ go, being a perfectionist ain’t so bad.

I mean, it’s a classic kinda reply to give in an interview to the question: What’s your biggest flaw?

“Oh, I’m a perfectionist and find it really hard to let go of a project until it’s perfect.”

But joking aside, perfectionism can be a real pain.

I was talking with my friend Michael about this a few weeks back and he told me the following quote by Tara Brach:

“Perfectionism is a prerequisite for nothing but pain.”

I agree.

I know the importance of making mistakes in the learning process.

But I hate making them.

And when I do I get to feel sometimes like it’s the end of the world.

Logically I know it isn’t.

But what’s logic got to do with feelings right?

Anyway, the reason I’m sharing this with you is because once I’ve finished my core ZEN+ duties for the day, I’m turning this machine off and dedicating the rest of the day to practicing my folding knife making skills…

And there’s a lot of mistakes for me to make there as I’m a l — o — n — g way from consciously competent.

I’m still firmly in the consciously incompetent department.

Oh well.

Here’s a short story I really like to end on:

A reporter is doing an interview with a very successful businessman and the following exchange takes place:

Reporter: “What’s the secret of your success?”
Businessman: “Two words.”
Reporter: “What are they?”
Businessman: “Right decisions.”
Reporter: “And how do you make right decisions?”
Businessman: “One word.”
Reporter: “And that is?”
Businessman: “Experience”
Reporter: “And what’s the best way to get experience?”
Businessman: “Two words”
Reporter: “And they are?”
Businessman: “Wrong decisions.”

Today I’m going to give myself permission to make some wrong decisions and some mistakes, so I can gain experience and from that experience make right decisions in the future.

Care to join me?

What area of your life could you benefit from making some wrong decisions and mistakes in today?

So that you can gain experience.

And make better decisions in the future.

And get the success that you desire for your life.

Some smart dude once told me: “Give yourself permission to suck then you won’t have so much trouble getting started.”

He’s right of course.

And if you’d like some help getting started in the areas of:

Then you won’t find a better resource covering all of the above and more than my book:

ZEN+ The Art and Science of Living Healthier for Longer

And it’s only available here.

Bye for now


P.S. Have a great day making wrong decisions.

Be brave.

Because I don’t know about you…

But as a recovering perfectionist, the thought of voluntarily walking into an arena where I’m going to make mistakes – because of a lack of experience – is something I admit to being afraid of.

But as my dad once told me: “A person who doesn’t make mistakes, doesn’t make anything.”

So here’s to you.

And here’s to me.

May we gain valuable experience from our mistakes.

For those about to make wrong decisions…

I salute you!

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