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Margin of Error

Part Three: Margin of Error

When running surveys, companies allow for a degree of deviation from the exact sample number.  I have had my fair share of dabbling in surveys in my role as Committee Chair in various Associations.  The deviation that I worked with was anywhere between 3 and 5%.  This was the guiding margin of error.

This allowed me to sample an audience and report on the results, so as to make informed decisions. 

It is in this same spirit, of a margin of error, that we should exercise flexibility when crafting our area of focus, and in turn, making informed decisions.

Flexibility will enable you to always keep moving forward, in alignment of your Purpose.  When I first encountered the wheel of life, I was very specific on the various important areas of my life and I was stuck in the process and loop of ‘doing’ as opposed to feeling and alignment.  It took a couple of revisits of the goals I had set to get me aligned.

Interacting with my thoughts through questioning and accountability partners, allowed me much needed perspective.  This is an exercise that requires your exploration first before you choose your way forward.

This flexibility brought me face to face with the Serenity Prayer, “to accept the things I cannot change and courage to change the things that I can”

I have struggled internally and externally and though I may be thrown off course from time to time, I do not feel demotivated to the point of quitting.  Instead I take my learnings, have courage to unlearn and change, and inevitably move forward with plotting my Purpose.

Steve Jobs quote comes to mind – Learn continually, there is always ‘one more thing to learn’….

This is so true of the perception we have of ourselves, others and the environment we live in. For me the margin of error allows me learning moments.


Lucy is a Co- Author of Wealth Footprints Volume 1, (and is working on her second book), a certified Life Coach, a Mentor and Facilitator. She founded ELEMCEE Consultancy with a vision to help build women by empowering them into transformation.

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