I confess in the past I’ve had a nasty habit of perfectionism – and I don’t mean that as a backhanded strength – like something you might say in a job interview. I really believe perfectionism can be crippling, keeping us from ever acting on our biggest dreams and fulfilling our purpose.
It’s like the famous quote says, (which may or may not be from Harry Truman) “Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.”
Sure, you should try to be excellent at all that you do, and hard work and dedication will make you better, heck it might even make you near perfect at what you do. But if you never get started and never take action, how will you ever reach that point?
We are human; by definition we’re imperfect. It does not take bravery, nor is it wisdom that keeps you behind your desk/computer planning and plotting and thinking out every possible scenario, or searching Barnes & Noble/Amazon for the 15th book on the subject – because “after this one you’ll finally be ready to start…”
Just do it! Faith is about knowing your purpose, embracing the fear of failure and the unknown and jumping anyway. You will have time to figure out how to be the best only as you act! And if you’re truly acting on your purpose, utilizing the unique talents and passions that make you you– then you WILL succeed and hey, one day you may even be almost perfect.
So what is it you’ve been wanting to do, but are too afraid to do? What have you been talking yourself out of that you need to start talking yourself into? Circumstances and you DO NOT have to be perfect for you to go for it.
One more thing – Beware: the more you let go of your perfectionism and recklessly pursue your purpose, the bigger your faith, the bigger your leaps, the bigger your rewards.
Just a little FUEL for thought.