Commitment seems to have no greater enemy than imperfection, especially for those of us who love a beautiful final product, unmarked by mistakes or flaws. But is there an opportunity to use those missed days and setbacks to create an even better result?

You’ve made the commitment. You’re motivated and energized. One activity, every day, for 100 days. You confidently complete the first week and declare “I’ve got this!” And then, life happens and your perfect record is shattered. What do you do? At Flywheel, a group of co-workers set out on an exercise in commitment back in January: 100 days in a row of the activity of their choice. They quickly learned that staying committed in the midst of little failures and setbacks is harder than staying committed with a perfect record. With Karen Borchert as our guide, spend the next 25 minutes immersing in the mindset of commitment, and how to let imperfection in, once and for all, in order to create something incredible.

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Karen Borchert helps growing companies accomplish incredible work with amazing teams. Currently, Karen is the Chief Operations Officer at Flywheel, a fast-growing software company with operations and teams across the globe. Previously, she launched a data analysis product to help elections run more smoothly at Election Systems & Software. Karen’s background is in building non-profits and early-stage companies, focusing on product development, technology strategy, and innovation. She sits on the board of Omaha Network, the Omaha Public Schools Technology Council, and the Union for Contemporary Art. Karen lives here in Omaha with her husband, Taylor, and three children. In her spare time, Karen is an avid runner, a farmers market junkie, and the host of a lot of impromptu dinner parties.

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To improve commitments, to love them more, feel great about them more, you want to love the work and be flexible with the outcome. And the best way to love the work and be flexible with the outcome is to develop connection and develop perspective. And the way towards connection and the way towards perspective was to let my damn imperfect life right into the front door and ask it to walk me up and to the right. Imperfection creates connection and perspective, creates love of work and flexibility of outcome. — Karen Borchert

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