The first week of the year is almost over. How are you faring so far? If you haven’t yet launched into the new adventures and endeavors you’re planning for your year, do not despair! I’ve got something for you.
Habits are a darned thing, amirite? (Not really, they’re actually wonderful– if you know how to work them in your favor.) Chances are you’re getting in your own way when trying to be more productive and achieve more.
I should tell you, what I’m sharing comes from experience. I have an amazing talent for procrastination that will bear its ugly, under-achieving head if I don’t keep myself in check. What I’m about to teach you is a mantra of sorts that has made a huge difference in whether I keep moving forward or spend my day reading funny LOLs on Facebook.
What’s that? You’re different? Oh, you’re not a procrastinator. You’re a perfectionist and super methodical and you like to do things properly. You’re taking your time doing your research and deciding on your action plan before you do anything, right?
I’m calling bullshit on ya.
Perfectionism is a just fancy word we use to disguise fear: the fear of trying and failing. The fear of doing it wrong, whatever it may be. The fear of doing.
So strip that label of “perfectionist” already because if it’s shielding you from taking action then it’s not serving you at all.
See that thing passing by? That’s your life moving forward while you’re still deciding what kind of business you’d like to have someday, when you’re ready, or what kind of training program is the perfect one for your goals.
At the end of the day, action matters more than the details. Action itself creates momentum. Action itself snowballs into more action.
This is what I keep repeating in my head when analysis paralysis sets in; when I’m spending too much time “researching” and not enough on doing; when I catch myself thinking “I’ll start Monday” “Next week” “The first of next month” or “When I’m not so busy.”
Do what you can with what you have, right now.
That’s all you need to remember.
Repeat this ad nauseam until it becomes embedded in your brain, like knee-jerk reaction to any stalling tactics you’re trying to sell yourself.
The reason this helps is because it kicks perfectionism right on the shin. It reminds you that all the knowledge in the world is worthless if you resist applying it in your real life. Do what you can with what you have. Right now.
“I want to work out but I haven’t found a gym I like” Do what you can with what you have, right now.
“I want to eat right but I haven’t planned my menu or gone grocery shopping” Do what you can with what you have, right now.
“I’d like to start writing that book but I first I want to get a better computer/ fancy fountain pen/ whimsical antique typewriter.” Do what you can with what you have, right now.
“I want to look for a better job but I need more qualifications first.”
“I want to help others but I don’t have a lot of time or money.”
“I want to travel more but I’m not sure I can.”
Stop it already and do what you can with what you have, right now.