I used to be afraid to make a decision and take action for fear I would fail. I would think through the situation, figure out the “perfect" way to tackle it (yes, I am a #perfectionist
), and determine when I would start. The problem is I never started. It was never the right time, and there was always tomorrow. I was always able to justify why it was better to get started tomorrow. The sad thing was, depending on the situation, tomorrow was months, years or never. I was afraid to fail, afraid to make mistakes, and afraid it would not be perfect.
I know I still struggle with these thoughts and conversations in my head, but I am much more aware of them. I have been working with Sam Crowley, host of the #EverydayIsSaturday
podcast, and he has a phrase, “Done is the new perfect.” This phrase is so simple, yet has been highly effective for me. And I love it! When I notice my #mindspeak
trying to stop me, I either say to myself or say it out loud “Karen, done is the new perfect.” It stops the negative mind speak in its tracks, I take a second to laugh at myself, and I take action.
In the past, I am sure I missed out on some of the most important lessons life has to offer by not taking action. Not any more!