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It's Good Enough: 10 ways to love life & do great things

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Growing up my mom used to joke that while some people aspired to greatness, her father's motto was 'It's good enough.' She said it like it was a bad thing, like it meant he wasn't aiming high enough. It always made me laugh and struck me as yet another example of my family's self-deprecating humor. But now as a business owner and parent, I have a completely different take on things. Though I have less 'free time' today than at any other point in my life, I'm happier and more productive than I've ever been. I've reclaimed my old family motto and turned it on its head. 'It's good enough' now gives me permission to put work out into the world, rather than perpetually waiting for a few hours extra hours to make it perfect. It empowers me with the knowledge that small chunks of time spent well can lead to something big. Reclaiming 'It's good enough' has been a liberating paradigm shift. Below are 10 ways this philosophy can help you love your life and get more done, no matter how busy you are!

  1. Take on passion projects you aren't fully convinced you have time for (i.e. parenthood, volunteer work, creative pursuits, etc).
  2. Work your tail off because you love the things you're doing and the people with whom you're doing them.
  3. Let go of perfectionism, do your best, and adopt the 'Good Enough' mantra (see Good Enough is the New Perfect, co-written by Lincoln Square resident Becky Gillespie).
  4. Refuse to apologize (to yourself, to others) for things that don't matter; you are living to the fullest, you are accomplishing things that make a real difference in the world, so don't put yourself down with a flippant 'This isn't quite done' or 'I'm glad you could come even though my house is a total mess.'
  5. Give up bad TV and commit to spending more time in the real world and less in the virtual world.
  6. Make time to eat well and exercise regularly; both these things take a little thought and planning, but you'll be rewarded with extra energy to put towards the people and projects that matter most to you.
  7. Think for yourself and don't be afraid to disagree with group consensus if that allows you to stay true to what you believe is important.
  8. Spend time with people who inspire you and mirror the qualities you identify with your best self or the person you would like to become; we tend to rise (or sink) to the level of those around, so be wise about the company you keep.
  9. Make time on a consistent basis for an activity that brings you back to your essential self; for me, it's yoga practice, for some it's going fishing or taking long walks or sitting for meditation or something else. All that matters is that the activity provides a sense of grounding and reconnection.
  10. Be grateful for what you have and remind yourself that the day-to-day stuff is all there is; this life is your one chance to connect with great people and do great things, so you might as well make the most of it!

Kerry is the Founder & Director of Bloom Yoga Studio, voted Best Yoga Studio in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, and Citysearch. As a practicing yogi, writer, and mother of three, Kerry is all about making the principles and philosophies of yoga real and accessible for day-to-day living. You can find Kerry on Google+.


  • Ellen` Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Fantastic blog, Kerry. And I can't agree more about numbers 5 and 6 - turning off the t.v. has proved to be life changing in more ways than I can count. More time spent reading, enjoying music, reading, exercising - and it's really amazing how much I DON'T miss most of the shows I've "broken up" with. Thanks for sharing! :P

  • Kerry Maiorca Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Thanks, Ellen. I was amazed, too! I grew up watching more than my fair share of TV and when I finally decided to make the switch it wasn't hard to maintain because I gained so much time to do other things I loved. Here's to TV breakups!

  • Linda Thursday, 01 September 2011

    Once again, Kerry, your thoughts hit home with me. I love "It's good enough." As a reforming perfectionist addict, I have thoughts of envy when I see others (Tony) have time to lounge with a book in the middle of the afternoon on the side porch :-) The wisdom of "it's good enough" is good! Thanks for reminding us how to make the most of our every days ... #10 is right on.

  • Kerry Maiorca Thursday, 01 September 2011

    It's good to hear from another reforming perfectionist, Linda. We should form some kind of support group. I actually think I may have found the cure....mothering small children! There's no time for perfection these days, and I like it that way. The key will be holding on to this as the kids get older and need less and less of my time. Glad to hear that Tony is making time to read and relax, may he be an example for both of us! Hope all is well with you both, and thanks for your kind note.

  • Kara Schmidt Friday, 02 September 2011

    Great Blog Kerry. I think about this subject a lot. Recently a friend shared a quote with me...something like, "Procrastination is just another form of perfectionism." So I've been watching where I tend to procrastinate and then ask myself why I am putting a particular task off. And sure enough, it usually has to do with wanting it to be perfect. Sometimes it's easier to not start a project or even a mundane task so that it stays "perfect" in my mind rather than risk failure, making mistakes, or incompletion. Such great food for thought. Thanks again.

  • Kerry Maiorca Friday, 02 September 2011

    Thanks, Kara. I really like what you said about putting projects off so they can stay "perfect" in your mind. That's so true, and it's really freeing to let go of the quest for perfection (especially since there's no such thing in real life!).

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