I referenced in my last blog a quote from Brene Brown that has really been on my mind a lot lately:
If authenticity is my goal and I keep it real, I never regret it. If the goal is authenticity and they don’t like me, I’m okay. If the goal is being liked, and they don’t like me, I’m in trouble.
It’s caused me to ask what’s the goal so many times and I think it’s really saved me some panic/anxiety/stress.
~ A colleague printed some invitations in black and white that I thought should have been in color. I really thought they should be in color, and almost asked her to reprint them… but then thought what’s the goal? To invite people to training programs, to bring hope and healing to this country. What isn’t the goal? Impressing people. The black and white invitations did the job we needed them to do. I needed to let go of my need to be impressive.
~ I had to give a speech in French. I stumbled on some words. The goal was to get information out and build relationships with the people in attendance, and I did that well. The goal was not to speak perfect French. I needed to let go of my expectation of perfection.
~ I could spend eight hours on a school paper, and it would be high distinction level work. However, the goal is to get the degree and still get enough sleep, take care of my heart and soul, and be excellent in my work. So really? Four hours will get me a decent paper and some extra chill time. That’s a win.
I think about friends I see panicking about putting together a perfect birthday party for their children, and I think what’s the goal? If the goal is impressing all your friends, or the other moms, or the family, then yeah, maybe that stress is worth it. If the goal is to party and celebrate life and family and joy, then is it worth all that stress and cost to achieve pinterest-worthy photos? Not a judgement, just a question, that I’m asking myself daily it seems.
What's the goal of this work project? Is it to impress people or to help people? What's the goal of a sabbath day? What's the goal of writing a blog? What's the goal of leading a community group?
I don’t know where I read it or who said it to me, but I have just above my desk a post-it note that says:
Just keep doing your thing with as much integrity and love as possible.
That’s the goal. Authenticity, integrity, passion, love, purpose, light, truth.
May it sink deep in my soul.