Some time ago, I had promised to make my daughter a stained glass piece. At the time, she was interested in ballet and tap dancing, so I tried to think up a design related to dancing. I just couldn’t picture anything along those lines that appealed to me, couldn’t imagine what an interesting panel related to dancing might look like. Years passed (literally), and my daughter went off to grad school to study forensic psychology. The next time we talked about the stained glass project and a topic for the design, my daughter’s interests had changed a bit. Her suggested theme this time: murder.
For some reason, murder appealed to my creative juices much more than dancing, and I thought of the game Clue, a murder mystery game where the goal is to figure out who-done-it and where and with what weapon. I decided to make a collage of sorts of the murder weapons used in the game. That was the first important step, having a clue (pun intended) as to what I wanted the end result to be.
The same applies to other goals: if perfectionism is going to bog you down, settle for acceptable, at least for now. It is more important to be making progress than it is to be perfect.
At this point, the key to success is perseverance. It may take time to realize your goals, but you’ll never get there if you stop before you’ve arrived. This is also the time that minor adjustments may need to be made. Maybe some glass I have chosen doesn’t match the other colors. Maybe – at my skill level – that particular glass is too difficult to work with for cutting specific kinds of pieces, and I need to find glass that is thicker or thinner, or that breaks less easily or more easily – whatever the case may be. Maybe you will have to adjust your vision or expectations for your goals. That doesn’t mean settling for less than what you had wanted, it just means being flexible about how your end
product is going to turn out. The adjustments may even make it better.
Now more than another year has gone by, and I still haven’t delivered the panel to my daughter. Maybe my next post should be about procrastination. Having attained one goal doesn’t mean I’m not still a work in progress.
So, what’s your next goal going to be?