Is your need for perfection holding you back? Per usual, I’m asking myself this just as much as I’m asking you.
As you all know, I’ve had this idea for a podcast for many months now. Where is it? Still in the works. I’m happy to say this weekend, I gave myself a good kick in the pants, and am back on track. So what was the hold up? Among other things, my need for everything to line up perfectly.
I didn’t have the set up I wanted. I hadn’t lined up enough guests (which also means I hadn’t asked enough people). I thought I needed more equipment. Work was crazier than normal. I was tired, blah blah blah.
Here’s the thing I finally realized. The timing is NEVER right. I will often be tired. I do have the right equipment. And, I’m new at this. So, it will take me a bit to iron out the kinks, and get a handle on how I want it to go. I felt ashamed that I wasn’t as organized as I wanted to be before starting out. I said to one friend, “I just need to do a little more research before I can really hit the ground running.” Thankfully, my friends do NOT coddle me. She said, “If you wait until you are ready, you never will be. Just start.”
Ira Glass from NPR did not start out seasoned, he did the work. Sometimes it worked, other times it didn’t. But he kept going.
So if you are in a similar boat with some aspect of your life, I encourage you to embark on this journey with me and become satisfied with “good enough.” Because at the very least, you will be moving forward. If you and I fail? Big whoop. It means we are living, and not stagnant. Don’t let the fear of failure rule you. Dust yourself off, and keep going.
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is every ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”
Take care of YOU!