If you want to succeed, put up a Christmas tree!

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I put up our new Christmas tree. We had been talking about how something was missing and realized this was it. So time it was, to pull out the stockings, the lining that goes under the tree, the ornaments from past and present.

One thing I’ve learned about Christmas trees is that everyone has their own idea of what the “perfect” tree looks like. Some people like white lights, others like colored. Some like minimalistic, others enjoy so many ornaments you can’t even see the tree anymore. But if you’re a perfectionist, you like to get it right on the first go-around.

That used to drive me crazy. So as I put up our tree, I thought of some correlations between this and life.

1) It’s okay if you don’t get it perfect the first time. Realize that no matter how good it is the first time, eventually you always find a way to make it better. So allow yourself the freedom of creating.

2) Now that you’ve given yourself permission to make mistakes, give it your best shot. Don’t let imperfection be an excuse for laziness. It’s a balance, but it’s very important.

3) Every once in a while, take a step back and evaluate. Soak in the whole picture. Do you like that piece there. Is there an area that lacking attention and focus? (Good analogy for life).

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