I sent this message out a couple of years ago; but, It’s such an important topic that I dusted it off, added a bit to it and I’m sending it out again.
It’s easy to get caught up in the sneaky web of resistance. It disguises itself as the need for perfection, whatever that may be. I know there is a fine line between getting things right before launching something and falling into analysis paralysis, especially when it is something very public. A common side effect of this syndrome is to explore all of the options and then rethink them several times over. Around and around you go creating a sure path to never getting anything done.
If you constantly second guess yourself, then make a list and move on to the next item. It’s important to make decisions and keep on going. Get some help if you need to break out of the merry-go-round.
For anyone finding themselves falling off the wagon of completing their important work, pick up a copy of Steven Pressfield’s definitive book on resistance, The War of Art, or a smaller handbook on the same topic called, Do The Work.
Although Pressfield’s book covers his struggles with writing, he says that the same force of resistance rears its head whenever we take on a project,
“that rejects, immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health or integrity”.
One of the biggest mistakes made by rookie entrepreneurs is getting stuck in the research phase. I have seen people hop from Boot Camps to B-Schools, yet never get around to launching their businesses.
The single most important factor in becoming good at something is not in the studying, but in the doing. The quicker you can launch your business, the quicker you’ll be sharing your passion with the world. More importantly, you will begin building a sense of community around your business.
Perfection is not the goal. Better to keep things simple and get the job done. Often, at the beginning, you don’t even have enough information to reach perfection. You have to launch, test and tweak. This is the way to be on your way to making a name for yourself and what you do.
There is a negligible difference between good enough and perfect. If you keep at it, then your work will improve, and you will be proud of your accomplishments.