This was my first post on my original blog back in 2010. It’s bittersweet to share here again. Bitter in that here we are 12 years later, and I am launching a revised website and still trying to develop consistency in my writing journey. The day job and life’s challenges have continuously shifted my time and attention elsewhere. Sweet in that here we are 12 years later, and I am still enjoying my writing journey. I have no regrets. It is the point of Joysetting – enjoying the journey regardless of the challenges thrown your way. I have experienced great successes and Joys over the course of these last 12 years. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing because hindsight is NOT 20/20, but that is a different discussion. We are always under construction. Putting ourselves out there during that construction and enjoying the journey is the point. Thanks for reading. I hope you will join me on this journey.
NO ONE IS PERFECT
Have you ever heard the saying “No one is perfect”? Is there any truer statement out there?
This, however, should not be an excuse for complacency or procrastination and conversely should not be a reason for depression or self-pity. No one is, or ever will be, perfect.
Everyone can strive to be better!
In the business and manufacturing world, there is a commonly used buzzword/phrase – “Best Practice.” It describes a technique, method, process, or activity deemed most effective at achieving a particular outcome by someone. That someone is usually either the person that developed the method or a person (with a higher position in the company) who that person has deceived to believe it is the best method with little to no backup or analysis.
I have always disliked this phrase as it leads you to believe that whatever is referred to as the best practice is perfect or “the best”. This is never true. There is always room for improvement, and there is often a better practice with less campaigning right in front of your face.
How much, how fast, and how it can be improved is up to the person or organization. IT IS UP TO YOU!
I prefer the term “Next Practice.” Both for the current method and the innovation underway to develop a genuinely new and better approach or method. I realize it isn’t exactly intuitive as the term for the current practice but when used this way it reminds us that there is a next practice out there. There is room for improvement. Always!
The trick or the true question is should I/we focus time and energy on improving the specific method, process, or activity in question, or are there other next practices in much greater need of improvement? Where is your focus best applied?
Identifying that area needing focus and chronicling the Journey of bringing all areas in balance is exactly what JOYSETTING is all about.
I have had great success identifying and applying this focus to the “right” next practice in my career but quite honestly not so much in my total life. Things like health/fitness, family, social activity, etc. have continuously taken a back seat to work, work, and more work. It’s time to focus and innovate the right next practices in the right areas while maintaining the next practices that currently don’t need focus……Yet.
I hope you will join, learn, and share with me on this journey.
We as individuals, organizations, and society are and should be eternally UNDER CONSTRUCTION!