Are you stuck in the “I’m not ready yet” trap? Is there something that you’ve been wanting to do or have, but you’re trying to get everything prepared and perfect before taking that step? Well, I’ve got news for you! DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT!!
I’m a perfectionist, so when I first heard that statement it was hard for me to swallow. Many of us have been told from an early age that if you’re going to do something then make sure you do it right the first time or you’ll have to do it all over again. That would mean that your first effort was a complete waste of time and energy. No one wants their time and energy to be wasted, so we put a lot of thought into our first effort to make sure we get it right.
What if I told you that’s all complete bullshit?! There is no “getting it right” because everyone’s definition of right is different. The right way to you is something different than the right way to me. What we see as right is simply what we’ve been taught to believe. Abraham says, “A belief is just a thought that you keep thinking.” So, stop thinking and start doing!
When my husband and I first started talking about having kids, we discussed that we weren’t financially ready. We wanted things to be all set in place and ready for us to start a family. I’ll never forget what my mother-in-law said to us because it was the best advice she could’ve given us. She said “If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll never do it.” We took that advice and now we have 2 amazing kids that probably wouldn’t be here if we’d waited until we were ready. (I’m not saying go out and have a couple of kids if you don’t feel ready for that!)
The concept of done>perfect is one that keeps showing up to me. I’ve heard it in several entrepreneurial resources, in many different ways, but it’s always the same concept. They advise “do it before you’re ready,” “fake it until you make it,” “done is better than perfect,” “don’t wait until you’re ready to do it,” “jump in head first,” “take a leap of faith,” and so on. My advice to you is that if there’s something you’ve been preparing for or longing to do, then do it! Stop putting it off trying to make sure everything is perfect! Just get it done. You can figure out all the little details later. One thing I’ve learned in business (and life) is that everything is always changing, so what’s perfect for today might not be so perfect for tomorrow. You’ll probably end up changing it later anyway, so just get it done! Your efforts are never a waste of time.
Ready or not, get it done!