The truth is: you get more done if you’re prepared to be less fussy.
For example: I’m a shocking typist. All speed, no precision, ZERO technique. Just somewhere between 2 and 5 fingers flailing wildly at the keyboard at various times.
My typing speed can’t even dream of keeping up with my stream of consciousness.
But still I hammer away only to look up at a page full of typos. If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you’ll likely have seen some – I’m famous for them.
Here’s the thing: I really, really hate typos. They bug me no end! However, if I adopted a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on typos I’d only manage to publish about one blog post a week.
The work rate for blogging is fast & furious. You just don’t have the luxury of time.
So the choice is: Live with a few typos and maybe have some people think I’m less than perfect (shock-horror!) but still publish 3 posts a week, OR succumb to the ‘Paralysis of Analysis’, make sure everything is word-perfect but slow right down & lose momentum.
The risk with slowing down to perfect anything is that when you lose momentum, the whole thing can become a bit of a drag & wind up seeming futile. You then run the risk of talking yourself out of it all together.
Or to paraphrase: It usually just starts to shit you.
This doesn’t just apply to typing and blogging, it can apply to a new exercise regime, taking a course, booking a vacation, asking for a raise, starting a new business – just about anything!
Let’s have a quick chat about it:
So unless loss of life & limb or potential financial ruin is a possible consequence, I say:
If you want to do something, just get started, you can always correct course as you go. Don’t use Perfectionism as an excuse for stalling.
Don’t wait til the stars align, the moon is full, you & your best friend are no longer menstruating together and the dog has shed its winter coat. You may never start. And one day you’ll likely regret it.
We often use the excuse of ”The time’s just not right yet” to avoid things that stretch our comfort zone (or as my husband puts it, “..make you go squirmy bum”).
Have a bit of faith – both in yourself & in the greater power of your choosing.
As one of my mentors put it to me when I started my business, “Just go for it! If YOU don’t back yourself, how can you expect anyone else to?”
So I went for it – warts, typos & all. And the rewards are incredible.
Ok, off you go then. Back yourself & GO FOR IT!
And don’t forget to have fun!
PS: Ok, go for it – find those typos & let me know about them by posting a comment below. I can take it.. 🙂