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The seeds we water are the seeds that grow.

How to “Progress not Perfection” Together


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Life isn’t a cake walk. As much as we’d all like it to be. It is all about practice and overcoming obstacles while reaching for our goals. Never stagnate, keep moving. Doing this  together makes it easier. WE.

WE can do things that I alone cannot. Is there an alternative to grumbling over our obstacles and towards our goals? Painstakingly and struggling…? Because, honestly, this doesn’t work. Can we instead frolic and skip merrily over them? Together? 😉

This is a simple lesson on Tweeking (not Twerking)  your week towards your goals by practicing “Progress not Perfection”… Together.

Try NEW BEHAVIOR. Set Goals or Objectives for the week.

We’d all like to be the perfect “Handler of Affairs” in all cases. However, as we are human, this is never going to happen. All we can do is our best and attempt to learn from past errors. If something hasn’t worked for us in the past. It is in fact the definition of insanity to…

“Do the same thing over and over again expecting different results”.

What New Behavior?

Take a good look at what makes you feel good. Exercise, eating broccoli, studying, cleaning your house, meeting with friends… every one is different though here we recommend to:  Eat well, exercise, sleep, and connect with others. Simple. If these simple things are hard for you… our solution is to PRACTICE TOGETHER.

God didn’t surround us with others so we could constantly be at each others throats, but rather… to work together. To help each other. So use the people that are in your life to help!

Make a list of the things you would like to have accomplished by Friday.  It might be a list of “Things to Do” or “Ways you’d like to feel”. What are your weeks objectives? What steps do you need to take to make them happen? Obviously making the list alone is going to achieve nothing. ACTION IS KEY. After you have written you realistic list, share them with a friend, a partner.  Ask them to do the same and to share it with you. You will help each other. Begin to take small simple steps towards reaching your goals. Baby steps. When it gets tough or you struggle… reach out to your partner! When you are making progress… celebrate it! SMILE about it. INTERNALIZE the content and accomplished feeling of reaching for what you want.

DO NOT EVER: JUDGE YOURSELF, TALK NEGATIVELY TO YOURSELF, OR GIVE UP. Keep trying. Remember our aim this week is to practice “Progress not Perfection”…Together.

My personal goals for the week:

Maintain daily meditation and asana practice.

Write a few hours each day, with 3 finalized solid pieces to show for it.

Finish a secret Christmas present project.

Eat one giant salad everyday for lunch.

Take Haddie ,our dog, for a walk everyday (despite the flooding).

Meet with three different friends for coffee.


Ross, will you be my partner and practice “Progress not Perfection” with me? 😉

Make your lists and get a partner! Enjoy everyone!


T  桃子

-Thanks to Josef Kandoll for the amazing photo. 

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Author: taozirae

Theresa, known as Taozi 桃子(Peach)to her Chinese students, has been teaching yoga since 2008. She has studied many types of yoga with world renowned teachers from all over the planet. China, the United States, Australia, and India. With over 1000 hours of YTT experience she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the sweetness of her eclectic practice with others. Her life philosophy is that “The seeds we water are the seeds that grow “…wherever we decide to put our energy, our thoughts, and our actions are the areas of our lives that will grow. Life is about learning to water the right seeds!

6 thoughts on “How to “Progress not Perfection” Together

  1. I’ve read your post since last week and somehow, as simple as it seems, it kept with me and I kept coming back to read it. I’ve decided today, this Monday, that I’m gonna try this weekly goal setting, see how it works. I totally agree that we need not punish ourselves when goals are notreached but rather keep trying. I’m personally known to start over each Monday with, may it be healthy eating, daily excercising, writing a piece……
    So I thank your post for reminding me to keep trying and maybe set more realistic goals!

    • Hehe! I am so happy you wrote this! After a heavy weekend I woke up this morning feeling sluggish and unmotivated…You being motivated by the post last week, motivated me to be re-motivated myself! Funny yeah? Have a great week and let me know how it turns out!

  2. Reblogged this on Taozi Tree Yoga and commented:

    This Monday, after a heavy weekend I was feeling sluggish and un-motivated, then a great reader was inspired by this, shared her inspiration with me, and I was re-inspired by my last weeks self! Isn’t that wonderful?

  3. Wowww, it’s great to know that I could return the favour😉. I’ll let u know how it goes!!!

  4. As a “recovering perfectionist,” the phrase “progress, not perfection” has been hugely helpful to me. Even a small step is a step! Also, that picture is pretty gersh dern adorable.

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