Weekday Wisdom, Episode 31
Vanquishing Mind Goblins #7: I can’t start (or finish) until everything is perfect
Do you think you can’t get started on your next project or even as an entrepreneur at all until all your ducks are in a row? That’s what we’re going to talk about in today’s Weekday Wisdom.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today, I’m going to vanquish this silly notion that “I can’t get it done until everything is perfect.” Well, my friends, that is a perfectionist to a T.
The problem with that is that if you wait until everything’s perfect it’s never going to get done. It’s like waiting to have a child until you’re in the right neighborhood. Or waiting to go to grad school until you have all your money laid out. Or waiting to write a book until you know everything you want to say in it.
Sometimes you just have to go with where you are now. Just go with it. You can always improve along the way. And that’s especially true with information products.
I did a video that talks about how to find time for creating any information products by starting with a mini e-book. The thing is you can start small and build up from there.
When it comes to teaching other people information or sharing information that will help them learn something, you only need to be one or two steps ahead of them. You don’t need to know everything there needs to be known about that topic.
So, you need to start now. If you’re falling back on the excuse, “Well, I’m not a perfect writer.” Guess what? That’s what editors are for!
I would have never become a writer if I let that kind of mentality get to me. When I was young, I was horrible at spelling. It was so hard just to pass a spelling test. As it turned out, my trouble with spelling had a lot to do with my dyslexia. I just turn the letters inside out and upside down. Spelling was just very challenging and sometimes it still is.
If I let all those little imperfections about who I am and how I work to get in the way of what I’m trying to accomplish, no one would be able to benefit from the information I have in my head. I would keep it to myself. And, when you do that when you wait for everything to be perfect before you get started on something, basically what you’re doing is gift hoarding.
You have gifts that other people are waiting for you to give. By waiting until everything’s perfect, nobody benefits. You don’t benefit because you’re beating yourself up because you’re not perfect. And the people you are meant to serve don’t benefit because they don’t get your stuff.
I recommend that you read this book, I mentioned it in a previous video, called The Perfection Deception. It goes through all the different things that cause perfectionism. How perfectionism is expressed. And it gives some fairly solid ideas on how to deal with it. (Read my review of the book here.)
Ultimately, don’t wait until everything’s perfect. Start now. If you’re not ready to create an online program, write a book. If you’re not ready to write a book, write a mini book. If you’re not ready to write a mini book, write an essay. Write a blog post. Start.
As you get stuff done, you’ll be surprised at how it’s snowballing. In fact, blogging is a great way to start, because you only need to write 200-300 words at a time. And there are a lot of books that were basically blog posts put together, massaged, and organized. My book 57 Secrets for Branding Yourself Online, started off as blog posts. (There are 25 copies left, and I can autograph them if you contact me directly. If you’re interested in that book. It’s a good book. It’s just out of print because a publisher decided that that particular line of books they were doing wasn’t doing what they wanted it to do so they canceled it.
Anyway, don’t wait until everything is perfect because:
- It will never be perfect.
- ou’ll never start.
Start where you are at now because where you were at now is exactly where you need to be and it’s just fine. So start doing what you want to do now.
If you are suffering from perfectionism, you really are suffering, even though you may not realize it. You are stopping yourself from enjoying life to its fullest. Please, please work on not being so perfect. We’ll all love you anyway, just as you are.
Don’t box yourself in.
Spread your wings and fly.
Because you — yes you-you right there, are capable of more than you know.
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