Choose Progress over Perfection

Set your purpose

It’s that time.

Time to put a cupcake where your mouth is.

(I told you this was gonna be fun.)

Where the rubber meets the road.

Put the pedal to the metal… or as The Kid calls it, “Drive like my mother.”

Are you ready to choose Progress over Perfection?

Last week on Facebook Live, I talked about my aversion to goal setting.

Between my stubborn personality and tendency to say No just because everyone else is saying YES, I hopped off the New Year Resolution Train YEARS ago. (There are books I won’t read and shows I won’t watch just because “everyone” else is reading and watching them.)

I do love a fresh start, though.

Taking a personal inventory on what worked, what didn’t, and what I’d like to improve going forward.

I’m reminded of the phrase “Stagnant Water STINKS”.

Have you ever been near a pond that doesn’t have a source of fresh water?

The water gets cloudy, odd things start growing on it, and the smell is “distinctive”.

It Stinks!

There’s no way for fresh water to come in and flush away the junk, break up the sludge, and allow new life to take root.

Let this be the year you don’t Stink!

Don't be stagnant water. Move towards progress this year. Click To Tweet

That’s what this Challenge is all about.

Think about this challenge as a tulip bulb.

Purpose for the season

You need to dig deep when you plant the bulbs and let them become established UNDER the soil.

It “looks” like nothing’s happening.

The roots start growing from the base and draw in nourishment from the ground they’re planted in.

Then the Magic begins.

The leaves and flower begin to push upwards out of the bulb and through the soil.

This happens towards the END of the cycle.

After the bloom finishes, the flower’s cut and the bulb enters regeneration. The bulb multiplies under the soil and the process starts again.

Bloom in Progress

That’s what Progress looks like.

Becoming rooted in, establishing new habits, and pushing upwards. That’s when you’re able to see the change that’s happening.

Paul writes in Philippians 3:12

Not that I have already reached the goal or am fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.

Paul acknowledges his imperfection and indicates the need for growth.

Here are some synonyms for the word “Goal”.

Purpose (Hello Word for 2016.)


An Endeavor

Let’s set our intent, direct our efforts, and take steps on purpose.

That’s why these next 5 weeks we’ll endeavor to make progress instead of achieving perfection.

I’m taking this challenge right with y’all.

I’ll be messing up, feeling discouraged, and wondering if I’m the source stinking up the pond just like you.

Like High School Musical, “We’re All in this Together”.

My “goal” (ha ha ha) is to make this challenge fun, HONEST, and encouraging.

set goals on purposeWith an enormous amount of help from Just a Simple Home (Terryn) and my Beta testing blog bestie Sarah from 1915 house I’ve made up a series of 10 worksheets, 4 scripture cards, and 4 Progress over Perfection cards for y’all.

Grab them HERE!

Post the Progress over Perfection cards wherever you need a reminder.

Your bathroom mirror, your wallet, on the refrigerator, or your forehead. (Wait…then you wouldn’t be able to see it.)

Maybe your kid’s forehead?

This week we’ll be using worksheets 1-3.

They have numbers?

Yes they do. (Insert Cheesy smile.)

Join me every Tuesday at 11 am CST for the next 5 weeks over on my Facebook Page where we’ll chat about our goals, what’s working, and encourage each other to make Progress over Perfection.

Plus, last week I let y’all peek inside my purse! ( Now you KNOW you need to mark your calendar.)

Here’s Week 1 on Facebook Live. While you’re there, make sure to Like my page so you’ll be notified when I go Live.

Since this is a Challenge, there must be prizes!

To be eligible to win, you need to-

  1. Not be related to me 🙂
  2. Comment on this post with your goal.
  3. Take a pic USING the worksheets (or working on your goal) and post it to Instagram with the #setgoalsonpurpose hashtag and my name @2_hearts_desire. (If you’re not following me, go HERE so we can be friends.)
  4. If you aren’t on Instagram, you can comment on my Facebook Page  with your progress.

I’ll be announcing WHAT the prizes are NEXT week.

In order to stay “in the know” (That’s how the kids say it these days. I’m hip and With It…Or I was until I said “Hip”) you’ll want to subscribe.

I’m working behind the scenes (Secret Spy stuff) on a few ideas I pray you’ll love and find useful this coming year.

As I mentioned last week, the challenge will end on February 21st because it’s my birthday!

I’d love to have you join in.

Anytime you need encouragement or have a question, reach out in the comments below or on Social Media.


Grab your worksheets and encouragement cards HERE.

Let’s Do this!



Set goals on Purpose



29 thoughts on “Choose Progress over Perfection

  • Anne January 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I am so driven by getting to the end product and I have a hard time with the process. This is an encouraging post for me as I pursue my goals this year.

    • Rebecca Williamson January 18, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that, Anne. I pray that you’re able to pursue your goals with progress in mind.
      I’d love to hear what your goals are for the year.

  • Rhiannon Skeen January 18, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Loved this! You always write in such a way that really speaks to me and resonates with me. I think it’s because I love when people make me smile but they make me think too. You do that. I have yet to print my sheets but I did save them and I do love this challenge! I want 2017 to be more purposeful <3

    • Rebecca Williamson January 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      What a beautiful thing for you to say, Rhiannon. I can’t wait to hear more about your goal and how you’re going to focus on progress through the challenge.

  • Sarah Althouse January 19, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I love progress over perfection, especially in blogging when it is easy to compare ourselves to others. We have to take stock in how far we’ve come! Paul is such a great example of not being perfect, but striving for that goal.

    • Rebecca Williamson January 19, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Paul is my favorite! The compare trap is strong in blogging, isn’t it Sarah. I continually pray that I can keep my eyes on my own work.

  • Abbey January 19, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Progress is so important! We can always be moving forward! 🙂

    • Rebecca Williamson January 19, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Don’t be stagnant water is one of the loops I have in my head, Abbey. Progress, learn, grow, stretch, step forward…all things I remind myself daily.

  • candy January 19, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I promise this will be the year I don’t stink, and I will put the cupcake in my mouth. Honestly I received your message loud and clear. I will be moving forward this year.

    • Rebecca Williamson January 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Candy, I laughed out loud at your comment! With a cupcake in your mouth you won’t stink at all! You’ll smell delicious 🙂
      I’d love to hear how you’re going to make progress on your goals, friend.

  • Sarah January 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m so late in getting to this post! Hello, Crazy week! So, my goal was to set office hours this week. One day was horrible trainwreck and today was pretty good. I learned that I need to give myself grace and keep moving forward. Thanks for this! It’s helping to keep me accountable and to actually take the time to think and evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Love you girlfriend!!

    • Rebecca Williamson January 19, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Love you too, Sarah AKA “1915 House”.
      I’m so glad you are moving forward and allowing yourself Grace!

  • Robin January 19, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I’m the same way when it comes to setting goals, and then I realized that the key is setting practical goals that are personally meaningful to me – things that I know, deep down, will help me to enjoy my life more. I was listening to this great podcast last week about this – it’s an episode of Note to Self where Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project) talks about 4 different personality types’ responses to resolutions & goal-setting. You would love it – it’s super insightful and can help you figure out which goals you’ll actually want to stick to!

    • Rebecca Williamson January 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you so much for the recommendation, Robin. I’ll check it out. I LOVE listening to podcasts.
      I’d love to hear what some of your goals are for the year.

  • Gennifer Rose January 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Trying to find perfection is like a dog chasing its tail, you’ll never get it. Progress on the other hand can always be achieved and motivates further progress.

    Gennifer Rose |

    • Rebecca Williamson January 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Yes, Gennifer. You’re right.
      Momentum, seeing success, and finding what works spurs even more progress.
      Great picture of perfection, too.
      I have one dog that doesn’t even HAVE a tail…so this is even MORE true for her!

  • Liz Rigby January 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Hahaha! I read that about being stubborn and not doing what everyone else does and saying “YES!!!”
    You get me 🙂 It took me forever to get on the THM diet (which I will do for life… LOVE it) because all my friends were already doing it. And Downton Abbey.
    Great analogy of the plants and soil, awesome food for thought!
    Thank you! Liz

    • Rebecca Williamson January 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one, Liz.
      There is a certain show that EVERYONE is talking about that I refuse to watch (and I will not name it in fear of being called out and shamed.)
      I pray you “grow” in progress with your goals this year.

  • Carol ("Mimi") January 21, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for the wise words and inspiration. We can all only hope to keep making progress. Life is a journey, after all.

    • Rebecca Williamson January 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

      You’re welcome, Carol. Thank you for reading. I wish you well on your journey 🙂

  • Shelby January 21, 2017 at 11:06 am

    This is a great post, really helpful as I try to make progress this year and not become complacent or satisfied with where I am. I heard recently that the opposite of “great” is “good.” If you settle for good you won’t be great.

    • Rebecca Williamson January 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

      I’ve never heard that quote, Shelby.
      I’ll have to think about that.
      I pray that you’re spurred towards progress in all your endeavors this year.

  • Rebekah January 21, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Love those verses from Philippians! ❤️

    • Rebecca Williamson January 23, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Philippians is my favorite, Rebekah.
      Another favorite- Women with the same name but spelled differently. I’ve always wanted to be KAH.

  • Susan | The Sparrow's Home January 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten was that “You can’t steer a ship that’s not moving”. If you get going, even if you’re going in the wrong direction, you can be steered to the right one, but if you’re not moving…well, you’re not moving!

    • Rebecca Williamson January 23, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Susan, I love that analogy! Thank you.
      Now my brain is firing all sorts of ideas!

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