Today after lifting, I decided to do the stair stepper machine…for those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of meeting one of these machines, good for you ?. I was sick of my playlist and frankly don’t have the balance or coordination to attempt searching for new songs while stair stepping. So, I asked Siri to play a podcast about blogging, and did indeed almost get sucked into the machine doing so. The podcast was primarily about becoming more focused, motivated and unstuck in blogging, business or just life in general. He talked about the many reasons one might become stuck. From perfectionism, fear of failure, lack of seeing the final destination or analysis paralysis. Every single one of the points he brought up touched home. I felt like he was talking specifically to me, I know, I know, that’s the point of the podcast and it worked. Perfectionism, this one is pretty clear. I’m scared of posting something that isn’t absolutely perfect. Fear of failure, obviously the fear for me is that people won’t be interested in what I have to say. Lack of seeing the final destination, so, this is more a fear of what to do next. Analysis paralysis,(say that five times fast), this is the obsessive analyzing over exactly how I want to do something to the point where it just never happens. I haven’t posted on my blog in quite a while. I already knew this of course, but listening to this today hammered it into my brain. It was a realization that all of these things were exactly why I hadn’t been posting. Next, he explained imperfect action and why it’s crucial to take. Imperfect action is taking action before you’re “ready” or before it’s perfect in your mind. No action can truly be perfect and if you’re waiting for perfection you’ll be there waiting forever. This phrase completely changed my mindset about my blog and honestly life in general. It only took 7 minutes and 45 seconds on a stair stepper listening to this podcast for me to feel my momentum once again. It doesn’t have to be perfect, people don’t have to like it, there doesn’t have to be a crystal clear path and I don’t need to analyze it to death before it’s ever even born. He finished with a quote from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Take imperfect action.”
So, here I am. Writing to you, taking imperfect action, because let me tell you I was not ready to post this.