A lot of our hesitation comes from uncertainty.
We want to do something, but we don’t know what to do first.
Or we don’t know how to do it.
That uncertainty is usually unnecessary. It comes from too many options, too many decisions. We end up with choice paralysis.
There is a simple truth that can help us overcome that paralysis and start taking action instead.
The truth is this: there is no perfect. Most things that need to be done in our lives can be done in any number of ways with equal results. The point is that they need to be done.
How, exactly, that “getting done” happens is not the issue.
But we get hung up on the methods, and that causes everything to be more difficult than it has to be. We decide that it isn’t enough to get something done, we must also get it done right. And right isn’t just acceptable; by right we actually mean perfect. We want to look back on our work and find no flaws.
Hey, listen, I don’t know about you, but I can’t look in a mirror without finding flaws. I am a flawed being. That’s just the simple truth of humanity. It seems logical, then, that whatever I do manage to produce might carry some flaws with it.
In the end, that’s okay.
None of us are perfect, but we still manage to love each other, do good work, appreciate beauty, contribute to the future. The flaws don’t negate the value. And in the things you need to do, the actions you need to take, that’s also true. The flaws, that lack of perfection, doesn’t negate the value of getting something done. The value is in the production, in the completion.
Focus on reaching that point. Let finishing be your point of perfection. Aim for it. And remember that you can always go back and polish up the details later, at your leisure. If you still really want to…