ďIf we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.Ē
- Ivan Turgenev

The  not perfect swimming poolIt doesnít have to be perfect. 

Sometimes I let my own perfectionism drag me down. For example yesterday I was planning to run and ended up working late. There have been times when I would have gotten bummed out and did nothing. Instead I came home had dinner and went to the YMCA with Maurice. We didnít start our workout until 8:35pm. I really did not want to go because it was late and I was tired. Maurice encouraged me and I figured Iíd just go and see how I felt. Turns out once I got started it was a good night for a run. Ran 6 miles with some hill repeats on the treadmill. I felt great when I finished.

Tired Donna walks the hillIt happens in races too. Something goes wrong and then right away Iím ready to give up. Why push hard when it isnít going to be perfect?

One way to fight this is to barter. I barter with myself. Sometimes my training schedule is overly ambitious and my body is mutinous. So I make deals. For example a few weeks ago I was scheduled to run 8 miles. I didnít want to. It was beautiful outside but my legs were tired from the previous Saturdayís long run. Really all I wanted to do was take a nap. Could I run/walk 8 miles? Maybe. How about if I walked as much as I wanted to, just complete 8? Maybe. Ok I thought, how about I just go run one and see how I felt, then if I didnít want to continue I could cut it short. I ended up running all eight with a few walk breaks. It wasnít perfect but it was something. 

How many times do we let our perfectionism keep us from doing something? For the last couple years I have wanted to participate in a community group at our church. Unfortunately there has not been a group that I felt compelled to join. I was searching for a group of people who were athletes like me. I had considered starting a group but didnít feel ready to lead one. I wasnít spiritually mature enough. Iíve never done it before. I do not have personal training or CPR experience.  The bible is full of stories about people who were not perfect and God used them. How could I not try? Last weekend a leaders training class was offered and I went.  On the weekend of May 5 and 6 we have an activity fair at our church and I will be at a table handing out flyers about the new group. I donít have all the answers. What will we do? When will we meet? Who is going to come? I do have the desire to start and see what happens. Click here to see the flyer I will be distributing. You do not have to be a member of our church to participate, so if you live in St. Louis here is my personal invitation to come join us. 

You can do it!What is it you havenít felt ready to do? Donít wait too long to try.

ďBetter to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.Ē
- Robert Schuller