I used to be the world’s biggest perfectionist.
I admit it.
I embrace it.
I wouldn’t make a move to do something unless I learn everything there is to know about something and then I’ll THINK about doing something.
I’d read 20 books and 45 blogs on a subject before I’d feel like I could even have a discussion on the topic.
When I launched my first website, I read everything I could find on setting up a WordPress blog and customizing it to make it look the right way.
I’d change my theme every couple of weeks because I just couldn’t get the right look.
Meanwhile, I struggled to create content on anything resembling a regular basis. My site would sit without new content for weeks while I fiddled with the blasted design.
I was so focused on creating the perfect website that I lost sight of what the website was actually supposed to be used for and that was to build a business.
My first podcast was the same way. Always fiddling with website design, new recording tools, new microphones….
But I’d go weeks without recording a new episode.
One day, I finally decided that enough was enough and I was just going to start taking action. But, the perfection demon kept raising his ugly head to mess with my mind and keep me frozen.
I recently finished listening to Grant Cardone’s Be Obsessed or Be Average. Well, I finished the first listen. Listen 2 is starting today.
In one shocking moment, Grant said about perfectionists,
You’re not a perfectionist. You’re a LIAR! You’re a PROCRASTINATOR!
Truer words have never been said.
I have a new slogan that I look at every day. It keeps me going and it’s from one of my favorite movies:
Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk
You don’t have to get everything perfect before you take action. Stop trying to make sure things look the right way or that you’ve got exactly the right words to day. Quit looking for just the right program or right book to read.
It doesn’t really matter. If you’re not taking action to move toward your goals, even if you are perfect…
You get no results.
Stop pushing for perfection and start pushing to release. Get your ideas out there. Write that book. Record that podcast. Write a blog post.
Get it done.
And be awesome.