My iron died Tuesday night and I had to look presentable for a meeting early Wednesday morning. Of course it happened right before I got to the pants I planned to wear.
I found an older pair of pants tucked away in the back of the closet. I knew they wouldn’t be a perfect fit but they had been washed and dried and already ironed.
They went on fine – a little loose but who is going to complain about that? They didn’t feel quite right but appearance is everything, yes?
As the day wore on, the pants started to wear off…literally. They stretched out and by mid-afternoon I looked like a kid in an MTV video hanging on to his waistband for dear life. Not a pretty sight.
When something isn’t a good fit you have to think about it all the time: How to fix it, how to cover it up, how to ignore the discomfort. It’s never worth the hassle.
Over the last month I’ve taken a serious look at what doesn’t fit in all areas of my life especially work. Who am I seeking for suppliers and colleagues and customers? Have I been thinking too small or too big? What changes are necessary to make sure I have the right fit?
It’s been extraordinary. And liberating.
How liberated would you feel if you didn’t need to hold your pants up all the time? Try it and share your story.