The Pressure of Perfection

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
— Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 ESV

Have you ever found yourself paralyzed during the planning process because you felt the pressure to be perfect? You'd be amazed how many people say YES! We work with people to build their own businesses all the time... and we find that this is one of the single biggest reasons people are making dramatic changes in their life. They feel the need to be perfect and it's completely paralyzed them.

Now, maybe you don't say the word perfect, when you say it it sounds more like "I need to get all this right!"

I want to give you 5 tips that can help you break the cycle of never getting started. I want to help you stop stopping and start starting!

1. Make a Plan and Take Action.

Don't get derailed by the details. You can create a great plan on your phone. Jot down a few thoughts and jump to immediate action.

2. Evaluate along the way.

You're jumping into quick action... and I know that scares you like really bad. Don't worry, we're going to evaluate along the way. When you take immediate action, you'll find plenty that needs to be changed along the way. NOTHING is written in stone (and y'all know how I feel about stuff written in stone anyway, AKA the Law).

3. Drop things without feeling like a failure.

At some point, you'll have to change some of the things you're doing. Today social media stories are super hot when they stop being "in" I'll stop doing them. You're not getting married, you're moving towards action to change your life, but that action is flexible.

Here's the deal though... if you feel the pressure to be perfect, you're going to be tempted to keep "all the plates in the air." When the time comes to let things go, you've got to work up the courage and be okay with it.

4. Learn to course correct.

Not everything that's not going well needs to be dropped, sometimes you just need to make adjustments. You're going to have to learn to course correct. If it's viable, but not working, make slight changes and keep trying.

5. Keep going.

You're not a quitter... but the pressure to be perfect can be so paralyzing that you completely stop making moves. DON'T DO THAT. Keep going and don't let the pressure to be perfect stop you anymore!

Podcast, BlogJason Mayfield