Are you a perfectionist? Do you have an idea of how great things can be that keeps you from ever getting started because you don’t have all the tools to make them great yet?
I used to study karate for years. When I first started, the training was continuous punching and other repetitious movements. Every class would be the same things over and over and I was always like, “God, we have to punch again!”
As I became better at it, moving forward with my belts leading towards black belt, I wanted to punch. I wanted to do all the simple things so I could see how every muscle of my body worked and changed and what it created. It was enjoyable to acknowledge all the change that was happening.
If you read any one of my blog posts or tune into my YouTube channel, you’ll see multiple tools for creating your life and business. You’ll also notice that some of the same tools are shared over and over again. Asking a question such as, “How does it get better than this,” is a practice much like throwing those punches in karate. The more you ask the question, the more you begin to see the results it can have.
If you never start, there’s nowhere to go. So what is it that you’ve been unwilling to choose because you’ve decided you have to already have everything perfect to begin? Have you concluded all the steps that are required to get you there so that you can justify why you haven’t achieved it yet?
To give up on this idea of perfection so that you can begin creating your life, living, and business as something greater, implement these 3 tips:
Be willing to do whatever it takes
When I talk about doing whatever it takes, most people immediately conclude what they believe that is. They decide there are so many things they have to do and get right that they can’t–or won’t–do whatever they think it is.
Doing whatever it takes is actually letting go of everything you’ve determined it takes. It’s about staying away from conclusions and asking questions to become aware of which things require attention without pre-determining what that should be.
If you want to be a professional athlete, you have to train and learn all the skills required. There’s no way to just show up on the field and begin. You have to be aware of what’s happening with your body and know what needs to change or develop. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever play the game until you get everything right.
Ask what’s going to create the most right now
You don’t have to get it right and you don’t have to be perfect. Think about professional athletes again. Imagine how many times they just have an off day where they don’t have the energy or focus or whatever to perform at their best. If they judged themselves and concluded that they weren’t good enough, world records would never get broken.
Like any creator, athletes have to ask, “What’s going to create the most right now?” It’s like we have these standards of what we should be able to do or create which blocks us from being able to see or access what we could achieve if we’re willing to ask the question that brings up that possibility.
Choose in 10 second increments
One of the most useful tools I ever implemented was starting to choose in ten second increments. Instead of habitually deciding, judging, and concluding anything, you want to ask a question such as, “What resources do I have available that I’m not acknowledging?” Get a sense of what’s available then make a choice.
Of course not all choices work out as well as you might like. So, just choose again! Where people get stuck is in judging their choices and concluding they have to stick to whatever they chose. That’s not at all the case.
Like all those karate punches, choosing in ten second increments takes practice. The more you practice, the more you realize that perfectionism doesn’t actually exist. Choice creates greatness.
All three of these tips for getting beyond the idea of perfection work beautifully together. Being willing to do whatever it takes, asking what’s going to create the most, then choosing in ten second increments allows you to get past the idea of perfection so you can create the life, living, and business that truly works for you.
Simone Milasas is a lady who knows how to be a woman, who sees the joy of possibility and future and knows that there is the prospect of possibility in every choice you choose. Simone is the author of JOY OF BUSINESS and GETTING OUT OF DEBT JOYFULLY and travels the world facilitating seminars with Access Consciousness. You can find Simone every week on her podcast – The Art & Industry of Business & Living available on her website and iTunes.