Good, not perfect

One of my favourite mantras is a paraphrase of Voltaire, popularized (for me at least) by Gretchen Rubin: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

One of my favourite mantras is a paraphrase of Voltaire, popularized (for me at least) by Gretchen Rubin: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

How often the allure of the “perfect” keeps us from even attempting a task. Yet, most of the time, an outcome of “good” is preferable to complete inaction.

For example, I’ll get stuck in the loop of thinking “If I don’t run at least 5 km, there’s no point in running at all.”

That logic is clearly flawed – runs of 3 km would, in fact, add up. If I’m able to squeeze in that distance three times a week (very doable), that’s 36 km for the month, which certainly isn’t nothing.

So instead of aiming for perfection – what about aiming for good…and done.