We have spent the past month designing a special T shirt for Company of Women. Thanks to the support of Mary Filice of Doctor Tees, our T shirt will be sold with half the proceeds going to the artist, and the other half coming to Company of Women. The unique idea with these T shirts is that when the wearer looks in the mirror, there is a special message just for her.
I have to confess it has been quite the process – from finding an artist, to coming up with the design and then deciding on the message. As much as possible I have tried to involve other people, unsure that I would make the right decision.
In theory this was a good idea as I wanted my team, for example, to have some ownership in the final decision. Trouble was, as I sought more opinions, it became more divided, and more difficult for me to choose. Half the people liked one design and the other half liked another.
And that was just the design. I also waffled on the message. At first I wanted the T shirt to be a reflection of what we do at Company of Women i.e. supporting women and our first stab at this was “We believe in you” with the hidden message being “Believe in yourself.”
But I changed my mind at the last minute, and reverted back to our original slogan – Be bold. Be brave. Belong. The hidden message remained unchanged. Why the sudden change? I realized I wouldn’t necessary want to wear a T-shirt that said “We believe in you” whereas the Be Bold slogan would resonate with more people and was one already associated with and popular in Company of Women.
You may be wondering why I am writing about this, but I learned something about myself. I think it is safe to say that I am usually a decisive person. Someone comes to me with an idea and if I like it and it makes sense, we forge ahead. No dithering.
I can’t remember being so indecisive about a project and on reflection, it struck me that it was my need for this to be perfect that was keeping me stuck. I didn’t want to make a mistake and select the wrong image and wrong wording.
But bottom line, either would have worked and it’s time I learned to let go of this need to have everything perfect as that is a path to frustration for me and everyone else involved, especially Emily Dakin, the young artist whose patience is much appreciated as we worked together to develop the design.
So next time you are stuck and struggling to make a decision, maybe you need to ask yourself why? What is at stake for you? Is it a need for perfection? Becky Beaupre Gillespie once said, “Good enough is the new perfect.” And as the co-author of the book Good Enough, I need to remember that.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.