Perfection is Overrated
If you haven't said it, you've probably heard someone else say it before: “I’ll start working out again, but only after my life gets a little less hectic." Now replace working out with: eating better, being more mindful, saving money, starting a business, and the list goes on and on. No matter what goal you put in as your placeholder, it seems like we're always waiting for the perfect conditions to begin something new. But, here are 3 reasons why you shouldn't.
"Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." – Alan Cohen, American author
Waiting for perfect timing is just an excuse to not begin
Before your inner perfectionist tries to wrestle with this concept, take a moment and think about it. Really think about it. Has your life ever truly presented you with the perfect timing to find a new job, leave a job, start a family, break up with someone, start a new relationship, buy a house, sell a house, start a business or pursue your dream? If you're nodding your head no, we're on the same page.
Take this blog for example. There was no perfect time for us to launch it. With the three of us having full-time careers and lives full of pets, boyfriends, husbands, and a mountain of obligations, pretty sure it couldn't have been further away from perfect timing. But we didn't let that hurdle paralyze us from trying. Instead, we chipped away at our goals and celebrated small wins. Somedays that meant getting a site up that we knew we'd eventually redo. Other days, it meant really pushing each other to rethink why we are doing what we are doing.
Is our blog or site where we want to be? Not quite. But if we had bought into the illusion of perfection, we would have never launched this site and more importantly, learned as much as we have about ourselves, each other, and all things planning, photography, social media, blog strategy, and most importantly failure. So if you're waiting for the stars to align in your life before you start something, ask yourself if you're just giving yourself an out to not begin at all. And then do everything you can to ensure your inner perfectionist doesn't take the wheel.
You'll miss out on failing forward
Yes, really! Almost every challenge we've done has come with some kind of failure. What many of us tend to forget though is that failure also comes with lessons (even if it's what not to do). Doesn't that sound great already? If you're still afraid of trying something new out of fear of failing or not putting your best foot forward, remember THIS: failure is actually progress.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Sound familiar? If you don't step out of your comfort zone and try something new, you'll never know what you're truly capable of. And if we had to guess, we'd say the potential is pretty limitless.
Now for the fun part! Write down three things you've been waiting to do. Is it getting your health back on track with a gym membership, booking that family vacation, having the tough conversation with your boss, friend or significant other or finally starting that passion project you keep putting off? Whatever it is, write down your three. Now circle the one that you're going to act on and do one thing today to set it into motion (no matter how small). YOU GOT THIS!