Monday, August 26, 2013

Wait For the Perfect Or Whack It With a Shovel

Yesterday morning I cut down a Redwood-sized evergreen and three Volkswagen-sized bushes…with a shovel.

Mmmm….ok…the evergreen was about 7-feet tall and the bushes were more the size of deckchairs…but you’ve got to give me some credit for using a shovel.

For you gardening types, the shovel was a spade with a flat edge. I kept whacking at the base of the plants with the edge and then pulling and tearing. The evergreen was a hoot. After getting a good chunk cut out of the base I grabbed it about 3/4ths of the way up, pulled it back and fell on the ground with it (which elicited substantial snickering from my observer). The big boy popped like snapping a big pencil.

Hah! Mission accomplished!

Sometimes you don’t have exactly the right tools, systems, words, habits or people. That doesn’t mean you can’t get the job done.

Instead of waiting for the perfect maybe the best thing to do is to get started, whack away, correct on the fly and get the job done.

You can spend eternity waiting for the perfect.

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