There are many challenges that come up in all aspects of life, and business. One of the biggest reasons that people do not achieve what they WANT, is feeling the need to have everything perfect BEFORE taking action. How often have you felt like you don't know how to do something? So often people let their dreams die because they never take the first step to get it off the ground.
A powerful principle I have learned to live my life by is to take the next step as quickly as possible, and be willing to course correct along the way. This was life changing for me since I was very much a "nosebleed" perfectionist in my younger years. I very much believe in doing things to the best of my ability, however, I have learned to relax and be willing to make improvements as I learn and grow. I do things to the best of my ability, until I learn a new distinction that will allow me to improve upon my best. This is the difference between NOT starting something at all, and starting and tweeking as you go, to continue to raise the bar towards improved excellence.
Here is a personal example I recently experienced to demonstrate. I have been planning to learn about podcasting for quite some time. I had some major projects on the go until fall of this year, and had decided to spend the 4th quarter learning about podcasting and launching mine. I had no idea how to do this. However, I took the first step, which I DID know how to do. I made the actual recording. The next step was to learn about what format it needed to be in, where to host it, get the artwork done, how to load to iTunes, how to load it to different sites, etc. I came across words and terminology I didn't understand, so I googled it and did my research.
Of course at the beginning this all seemed overwhelming, just as anything new can, but I stayed committed to doing each step I could as I learned along the way. It actually took me about 3 weeks total to put all these pieces together. I took notes each step of the way, so that as I would need to repeat the tasks, I could refer to my notes until it just became so easy I could do it with my eyes shut. I also reached out to my daughter who is much more tech savvy to assist me when I had done everything I could think of, and she assisted me greatly when I ran into a snag. I absolutely know if i hadn't started with what I could do, and, taken action on each step, a step at a time, and known when to ask for help, I would not have accomplished this. Techie things often become confusing to us, and I am no exception. But WOW, it feels great to learn and push through all these types of challenges and reach the end result. Now I am continuing to learn and tweek as necessary, to continue to improve upon what I started.
I keep learning new distinctions that assist me in taking it up a notch. Nothing earth shattering, but little things that will improve upon it. The perfectionist type of personality would be frozen in the details and most likely never get it off the ground.
Being solution oriented allows one to take the first step. You may not know everything, but you do know something. Start with THAT. You may tweek, change or redo something, but I can tell you from experience that the best way to learn is by doing. It is in the doing that we learn what is effective and what isn't, and distinguish better ways of doing things. We can't learn these things from theory, we learn from doing. Theory can get us started, but it is through experience that the biggest lessons come from.
Debbie Ruston has been an entrepreneur and trainer since 1986. She works with individuals, and groups interested in developing their entrepreneurial leadership mindset. Was this article of value to you? Feel free to share it on your social networks and with your contacts, join in the discussion below, and FOLLOW her on the top right corner of this page.
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