Monday, October 10, 2011

31 Days of Words for the Daily Dash-Day 10

Many of you may have heard of the home fitness program P90X. My 22 year old son, Luke, has been on and off that regimen throughout his college years. For "fun" one night, he wanted me and his dad to try the 15 minute ab ripper workout. In the middle of that fun session, amidst a few groans and expressions of "I don't think I can do all these crunches," Luke parroted what I now know is one of Tony Horton's  (the creator of P90X) famous lines.

Do your best, and forget the rest.

I've been saying that to myself over the last couple of days - and I haven't been trying to do crunches. At least not physical ones. I've been crunching out these blog posts!

Don't get me wrong. I'm enjoying writing them and I'm energized by the challenge of this 31 day series.  (Confession: I have wished at times that my topic had been 31 Days of a picture that makes me smile.)

This picture makes me smile

But when you have perfectionist tendencies like I do, you can always think of a way something could have been better. For instance, I've already rewritten yesterday's post a couple of times in my head. I thought of some great pictures I could've included and a clever way of saying one of my thoughts.  But that's really wasted energy. At the time I wrote Day 9, I did my best, so I need to forget the rest. Learn from it, but don't lament over it.

Let's spend our energy continuing to do our best knowing that the very doing of that will help our best get better. Squelch any pesky perfectionist voices that threaten to paralyze the doing. Instead, let's hear Tony Horton's voice  reminding you (and me) to: do your best and forget the rest.


  1. Guess what?...I'm still reading, perfection or not. 'Course, it looks ME. ;) Loving these sayings! You're doing awesome! Deep breath...keep typing. ;)

  2. Thank you, Susan, for the encouragement. I'm breathing... and typing! ;)