MFD stands for “Mostly Fine Decision” and means what is the minimum outcome that is satisfactory, that you would be fine with? MFD is designed to jumpstart us when we get trapped in the perfection loop, where we endlessly refine but don’t always materially improve a project.
Perfect is a wonderful goal, perfect is a lovely standard to aspire to but the reality is that perfect is not always worth the cost, particularly when one evaluates the opportunity cost: What else could you have done with that same time/energy?
Given limited resources, every yes to one thing is also no to something else; it behooves us to always be aware of what we are saying no to. MFD helps us move on and accomplish more.
“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” – Confucius
“Recognizing the inflection point; where continuing to re-work our work reaches a law of diminishing returns, is one of the hardest skills to learn but also one of the most necessary.” – Dr. Alex Lickerman, Psychology Today
“When you strive for perfection, you compare different versions of what could be instead of being present with what is. Perfectionism is an attempt to inhabit an imaginary world in order to avoid experiencing the world in which you live.” – Gary Zukav
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier