I spent a long time preparing to make a start. Until I was a professional. Until I could do something perfectly. Until I felt ready.
And it got me nowhere. I didn’t start.
The more I learnt, the more I found there was to learn.
Just one more course and I’ll be ready. Just practice this again and then I’ll be ready.
Not just in business either. Just drop another dress size, just lose another half stone and then I’ll be ready.
Then I would give up. I’m never going to master this, so I might as well watch Netflix. All of it.
This is what I learnt. Only accepting perfection is a way I protected myself. It meant I’d never have to put myself out there for judgement, because I’d never get to a level I’m prepared to do it.
But I know I’ll never be perfect.
So, I decided it was time to start getting stuff done. So now I start before I am ready. I don’t just go storming in like a bull in a china shop of course, that is a recipe for disaster, but I get good enough.
Good enough is my way forward. Without accepting good enough I would never have started a business, I would never publish a single blog, I wouldn’t have a website or a Facebook page, I would never talk on video or run a workshop.
Good enough keeps me eating healthily-ish. Gets me dressed. Gets me out of the house in the morning.
I’m not perfect, but I am good enough.
I don’t know everything, but what I have to share adds value now. And when I learn more, I’ll share more.
No one that matters judges me. They know I am on a journey, they are on a journey too.
Every successful person out there doesn’t think they are perfect (even if it seems that way when you look from the outside). They started before they felt ready, and they learnt along the way.
You don’t know about the people who are working on perfection before they show themselves, because they haven’t made it yet.
Here is my call to action. If there is something you want to do – get out there and do it. Share it with the world. You ARE good enough. It doesn’t matter if you mess up, that’s how you learn. And if you’re worried about judgement, this quote from Theodore Roosevelt says it better than I could.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”