I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting over the past few years - looking back on a career in music that took me all over the planet many times over, looking back on life lived on a beautiful farm in the middle of nowhere, looking at health and diet issues that recently came to light and have since taken me in entirely new directions. In some ways, these reflections can be a useful marker by which to see how far you’ve come, but they can also be an indulgence that can lead to self-indulgence, and worse still, victim mode.
In the past few months, there’s been a sea change, where the stasis of reflection has given way to a new paradigm of energy, drive, passion and ultimately, happiness.
So how did this come about? One word. Acceptance.
Accepting who you are and knowing that you are ‘Enough’ is the single most important decision you can make, and everything in your life then spirals out from that inner feeling of self-belief. Let me also say that this is closely allied to a realisation that the greatest enemy to progress is Perfectionism. Trying to create perfect work is very different from trying to create great work that you’re proud of, because perfect is, by its very nature, an unattainable state.
In the words of Seth Godin:
“Perfect lets you stall, ask more questions, do more reviews, dumb it down, safe it up and generally avoid doing anything that might fail (or anything important).
You’re not in the perfect business. Stop pretending that’s what the world wants from you.”