“…Second time was a blast! Third time I fell in love now I hope it lasts…”
Yes. Just in case you were wondering, YES, that IS “The Right Stuff” by New Kids on the Block! And yes, I’m sorry. Now twenty-five years ago I would NOT be apologizing for using this lyric but now? Well, I’ve tried for an entire week to find an alternative lyric for this post and I seriously can’t find one! Or maybe I’ve just had that damn song stuck in my head and can’t hear anything else because of the stupid “Oh oh oh oh oh’s”! (And YES I still know the words to the ENTIRE song!)
As much as I’d like to deny it, I did love me some NKOTB back in the day. Saw ’em twice in concert. Even saw Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch in concert once- FIFTH ROW! During the song “I Need Money”, every girl who could get to the stage started stuffing dollar bills in his pants. You’ll be happy to know that I did not! Only because I couldn’t find change for a twenty on such short notice- Um, ANGIE? I thought that’s what friends were for???- but whatever…
I’d like to think my musical tastes have matured since those days. Have become less bubble gum. More deep. Meaningful. I mean, of course a girl had to pick a few stinkers before she finally came to her senses and realized Kid Rock is the only way to fly! To be fair, I love a ton of different types of music these days but if I had posters in my bedroom like I did back in the NKOTB days you can bet your ass- Yeah, it’s probably best if I don’t finish that thought.
Think about this though- it IS true that sometimes- A LOT OF TIMES- you have to try on a bunch of different hats before you find one that fits just right.
(Just to clarify, I’m speaking figuratively here, okay?)
You know, like me and my musical tastes.
Or like Goldilocks! The first bowl of porridge was too hot. The second? TOO COLD! But the third one? The third one was “just right”.
Just like those lyrics up there. The first time was great but it didn’t last. The second? That was a blast but fizzled out too. The third time though? LOVE.
There are a ton of other examples I could give you. One of my favorite- and one that my business coach Michelle Barry Franco likes to remind me of often- is that you can’t write that great book without writing a bunch of shitty ones first. Even though it’s frustrating, you learn something and get better and better at each attempt.
It’s the same with organizing.
There’s a certain amount of trial and error that’s just inherent in the process.
I wholeheartedly believe this is the MAIN reason people end up feeling frustrated and defeated.
I know it sucks. I know that once you make the decision to get organized and find the motivation to actually WORK on it that the last thing you wanna do is have to revamp your system a week later because it’s ineffective. Because that gorgeous Pinterest idea didn’t pan out. Because the rest of your family wouldn’t hop on the bandwagon.
Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the beast.
Sure, there are times when you get it absolutely right on the first try and that’s FANTASTIC. The thing that people tend to forget is that getting it right in one attempt is the exception, NOT the rule. It’s kinda like walking into a store and picking out one pair of jeans to try on and finding the perfect fit immediately. Usually you gotta take about ten pairs in the dressing room! The waist on one is tight. The crotch on another is way too saggy. The butt is so tight on one pair you can tell there’s a twenty-dollar bill in the back pocket. Through the material!
In your quest to get organized- on this journey to zero that we’re traversing together- it’s important that you go into the process with your eyes wide open. This means accepting, or at least acknowledging, that the chance of a do-over or two is pretty likely.
There ARE a few things you can do along the way to make these do-overs as painless as possible though. And they’re right down there. All you’ve gotta do is click and print because really, it’s probably a good idea to post that bad boy on your fridge!