This is a great quote by Mike Litman, a motivational author – “You Don’t Have To Get It Right, You Just Have To Get It Going”. How many times have you procrastinated on doing something because you felt it had to be perfect? Perfectionism can stifle many of our dreams. The root cause of this is fear. Fear of making a mistake, fear of failure, perhaps even fear of success. Let’s take the following example:
Sam really wants to work at home but is reluctant to do so unless he has ‘everything in place’. He spends so long researching and delaying things that he loses momentum and his work from home dreams never come to fruition.
Peter, on the other hand, gets the basics in place and moves forward. He knows things aren’t going to go to plan 100% of the time. He expects to make mistakes, but the key is that he’s prepared to learn from them and move on.
If you want it badly enough, you’ll do whatever it takes. On the other hand, if you don’t really want it deep down, you’ll always find a reason not to do it. Often the only person stopping us from getting what we want is ourselves.
Take action. This phrase is being bandied about quite a lot these days, especially on the internet. But it’s so true. Think about it. If you take no action, you may avoid making mistakes. But not taking action is a mistake in itself. At least if you DO take action and mess something up, you’ll have learnt a lesson of how NOT to do it. And next time you’ll get it right.