A while back a well intentioned friend who heard me voice discontent about my podcast sent me an email saying,
“Can you just let yourself have a B- podcast instead of an A+ podcast?”
I have to admit, my first response to that question was offense. Not towards her, but towards the idea of putting out something I considered subpar.
I know where she’s coming from. I’ve heard this idea of accepting a B- effort as a tool for helping people not be so perfectionistic and overwhelmed with life. It helps you love and accept yourself more and to give yourself some grace.
There’s totally a place for this type of thinking, and I’ll let you know right now, I do let myself have a B- in doing laundry, keeping up with housework, getting ready for the day, doing my hair and makeup, meal planning, fixing lunch, and a whole list of other things where I’m doing my best, but certainly not winning any awards for high achievement.
But my podcast? I just can’t do it.
I’d rather publish less frequently and have an A+ episode than publish weekly and do B- work.
Half the fun for me in creating podcasts is the process of perfecting it and making something I can be proud to leave as a legacy of my life’s work. This is one area of my life where my gift of perfecting can be used in a healthy way.
My best friend and personal coach, Kristi, is always telling me to follow joy. The truth is, I love the way I’ve always done it. I wouldn’t have made it over 100 episodes if I didn’t love my process. And yet, It only took me two years of discontent to finally see the obvious solution. And those of you who know my message very well will laugh at just how obvious the solution is.
I simply needed to give myself permission to create something short. A tiny version. Same high quality, just shorter in length.
Instead of someone telling me to lower my quality, I needed someone to tell me to lower the quantity.
Divine discontent creates a much needed contrast that makes the new path feel enticing.
If you find yourself in your own experience of divine discontent and seeking for the new path forward, remember to follow joy and look for the easy way. Easy isn’t a cop-out, since easy is relative. Easy is different person to person. Ease is a feeling of being in alignment for how you personally are meant to move forward. It a clue that you’ve landed on the right solution. It will feel easy, in large part, because the discontent has been removed. In this way, the divine discontent has served its purpose in guiding your path and you are free to keep learning and growing.
Here’s to the easy way.
You are a creator, now go create something great.