“Genius is born out of imperfection.”
Perfection is the root of all evil! Well, at least in my life. I have a crippling problem with letting my desire for perfection hold me back from moving forward. If you are anything like me you’ve always viewed this desire for perfection as a positive trait. Something that sets you apart from all of the slackers of the world who choose to settle for second best. Obviously, I’m being sarcastic and quite harsh, but there is truth in this misguided belief. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered how problematic this “gift” has been in keeping me from taking bold, courageous action.
My newsletter is the perfect example. I have been sitting on it for about six months now. Hemming and hawing….perfecting and editing. I always found a reason why I wasn’t ready to send it out. At first it was figuring out how to get a sign-up box on my website, then it was analyzing the merits of every email marketing company out there, then it was finding the right blog post, then….six months later I had gotten everything set up and had run out of excuses. The last thing I had in my tool box of excuses was: “I just want it to be perfect.”
Screw that! I’m tired of trying to be perfect. I’m not perfect, nor do I want to be. I want to be real, truthful, open and genuine, about my journey to create the life and career I want. And most of all, I want to be someone who makes things happen, not someone who sits back watching things happen to me. As my husband always says, “80% of something is better than 100% of nothing”. This is the reason I started my coaching and personal transformation business calledLife Under Innovation. This is the reason I finally pressed “SEND” on the newsletter.
If you are anything like me, there is something in your life that you’ve been putting off and need to take action on. What in your life do you need to press SEND on? Where has striving for the perfect idea, timing, or circumstance held you back? This week I want you to think of one thing that you have wanted to take action on, but have put off. Then just do it!
Striving for perfection has gotten me nowhere except six months of wasted time. Moving forward in imperfection gave me a gift. The gift to connect with each of you more boldly and authentically.
I’d love to hear what you are committing to do this week and how it has moved you closer to achieving your goals.
Cheers to imperfection!