Whenever someone comes to me with an idea or dream, the first thing I tell them is to just do something. While most people understand the importance of taking action to accomplish their dream, many think that everything should be 100 percent perfect before they take the first step. They might spend hours planning, seeking advice, and reworking their strategy, waiting to move forward until they think it’s perfect. Unfortunately, waiting until everything is perfect kills a majority of dreams before they ever have a chance to live.
A few weeks ago, I ran across a post from Al Andrews that shares some brilliant insights when it comes to the truth behind “perfection.” Here’s something Al said that I believe speaks into the problem with perfection:
“The longer I live, the less I think God is asking [perfection] of me. Rather, he asks me to invite him into the stumbles and bobbles, to lean on him precisely because I can’t do it right.”
Oftentimes, we think that everyone expects our idea to be perfect, and if it’s not, we will fail. However, nothing could be further from the truth. If we’re being honest, there will probably never be a point when we’re 100 percent confident that everything is going to work out. The people who are truly successful understand that perfection isn’t the goal. Movement is.
Whenever you’re tempted to wait until your idea is “perfect,” remember this:
An idea that is put into action that’s only 60 percent “perfect” will make more impact in the lives of people around you than an idea that’s 100 percent “perfect” but still in your head.
Waiting until everything is perfect is one of the reasons people miss the catalyst for adventure. Despite the imperfect conditions you will face after you experience a catalyst, if you wait for perfection, you’ll never get to where you want to be.
The next time you’re tempted to wait until you have everything figured out before you take the first step, remember… you’ll never get from where you are now to where you want to go if you wait for everything to be perfect.
Have you been waiting on perfection before you launch your journey to achieve your idea? What are some practical ways you keep moving forward despite the fact that everything might not be perfect?