I’ve been working on a blog post about a friend of mine, Doug Melroe, and what health and wellness mean to him. For me, Doug epitomizes wellness. I’ve been working on the post for more than a month. It’s almost done. Sort of. I think.

When I first began working on the post, I continued to write other posts. Then I decided Doug’s was the priority. So now I’ve written nothing for a couple of weeks. The problem isn’t that I don’t want to write the post or that I don’t know what I want to say about Doug or that the post isn’t important.

The problem is that I want to write a blog post that is as fabulous as Doug is. And, that’s got me stuck.

So I’m stuck exactly where a lot of my clients find themselves. If we can’t do it perfectly—at least to the standards we hold in our minds—we put it off or don’t do it at all.

I remember my Grandpa telling me that anything worth doing is worth doing well. Good advice. Or is it?

It’s great advice when it motivates you to do the best you can. It’s not great advice when it stymies you. When it prevents you from doing something that’s important.

Almost all of my wellness clients have backed away from a health or fitness goal at some point because they didn’t feel they could do it “well.”

  • The client who wanted to start running, but feared that if she couldn’t fit at least 3 runs per week into her schedule her progress would be too slow.
  • The client who gave up on exercise for the day because she couldn’t fit a whole hour workout into her day.
  • And the handful of clients who decided to hold off on all of their health and wellness goals until after the new year for fear of not reaching them through the holidays.

And, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing with Doug’s post. I’ve been putting it off because I want it to be great.  So, I just had to remind myself of the advice I give to my clients about making healthy changes in their lives: “something is better than nothing” and “sometimes good enough is good enough.”

Plus, Doug is great. So even if I flub it up the post will still be great. Watch for my post about Doug next week  [wink].

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