I spent some time last week participating in a webinar that offered tips for streamlining the time you spend running your business so you can devote more time to actually helping folks. I walked away from it with several ideas for getting stuff done while avoiding the pitfalls of procrastination. Yay! With two words though, she helped me realize something that has been holding me back for the past several months: Imperfect Action.
If we’ve been friends a while, I’m going to tell you something you probably already know. When it comes to anything that goes out into the world with my name on it, I’m a total perfectionist. While I believe it’s important for everyone to take pride in their work and do the best they can, when fear enters into the picture, it can prevent anything from going out into the world with your name on it.
So what is a fussy idealist to do? Suck it up, Buttercup. Do it, anyway! I know that’s hard to hear, I really do, but nobody will ever know your unique voice or your awesome talent if you’re stuck in the editing room. Action, any action, is far better than producing nothing at all.
Certainly the fear that you’ll blow your big break is a serious one. No one wants to see their dreams fail. The fastest way to ensure that, however, is never to start at all. There are definitely times when you’ll want to pursue perfection in your business, like providing top notch service for your customers and clients, but you can’t help anyone if you don’t trust yourself to take the first step. Some of those steps aren’t going to land. That’s just the nature of the beast, but the truth is, its imperfect action that leads you to success, while trying to be perfect just keeps you in a holding pattern that ultimately ensures your failure.
Let’s be real, it’s awful to need things to be perfect all the time. You kinda miss out on the greatness of life because you’re so wrapped up in the opinions of others, and let me tell you something. Most of them are so wrapped up in their own lives, any passing thought they might toss your way is exactly that, a passing thought.
I’m going to be honest with you about some of the excuses I’ve made to keep me from having my hard work seen by a wider audience. I’ve used everything from “I don’t have all the certifications in place to launch my vision.” to “My day job is getting in the way of the time I need to devote to this.” You name it, I’ve thought it and moreover, I’ve let it hold me back from something that might actually create more time for me, by allowing me to work fewer hours and get the experience I need to make my dream a reality. My goal for this month is to get my website up and running. It is going to be hard work? Yes. Is it going to be perfect. No, and you know what, that is perfectly okay with me.
I want to hear from you. What reasons do you have for not taking action in your own life or business? What have you thought about endlessly, but not acted on? Let’s get a dialogue flowing and help each other take some action this week, however imperfect it may be.
Wishing You Total Well-Being,