Have you been waiting for the perfect moment to get started? You know, that project, or business, or personal goal you have for yourself that you’ve been putting off for the past few weeks, months, or even years! I am sorry to break this to you, but that perfect moment you are waiting for may never come.
I am entirely guilty of this. I’ve said to myself, “I’ll wait until the start of the new month, so that it’s fresh.” or “I’ll wait until I have every single part of the plan laid out before I start the business, or the website, or whatever.” That time comes, and no action.
So many of us hold ourselves back from taking action on these things that are front in center of our minds, typically out of fear. Fear of being less than perfect, fear of rejection, fear of obstacles, fear of failure. We waste so much time in these thoughts that we never actually take the actions.
Coming from a recovering perfectionist, I completely understand how scary it is to take risks before you’re ready. But you deserve to go after your dreams and goals, and it will require a leap of faith to get you there. Here are a few things that you can start working on right now:
You Don’t Need To Plan Every Detail
Planning is important! BUT planning out every little detail of when you’re going to start, how you’re going to start, all the materials you will need six months after you start...it’s holding you back! Plan out the basics, start taking action, and plan as you go. Trust me, once you start, those initial plans and systems of operating are highly likely to change anyway.
Permission To Be Imperfect
Wooo, this one is for me. One day I’ll talk to you guys more about my struggle with perfectionism, but I GET IT. I also know that it can do you more harm than good. Always waiting for your work to be perfect, for you to have the perfect words, or to have the perfect equipment. Waiting for you to be perfect is holding you back.
Now I am not saying not to have standards or operate in excellence, but we often confuse excellence with perfection, and they are not the same. Do you want to start taking pictures? Start with your iPhone and do the best that you can with that. A couple months down the line when you’ve been consistent, buy yourself the DSLR. But you do NOT need the most fancy equipment to start. Imperfect action supersedes no action at all.
Create A Timeline
So here is your “scapegoat.” Giving yourself a timeline can push you to take action while having a backup plan. Let’s say your goal is to workout 3 days a week, but you tell yourself you can’t handle that right now. Give yourself a timeframe where you will commit to the goal and then revisit. You can permit yourself to test this out for 2 months, and if it doesn’t work, you re-evaluate. Though this is your out, I’m almost positive, your test run will prove to yourself that you can do the very things you told yourself you couldn’t.
I know how scary it can be to walk in the unknown, but I always know the joy that comes from conquering those fear and walking in purpose and passion. I hope this was helpful and gave you the extra push you needed to get started. Now start!