Positive Path Recommended Reading

Don’t Put Off Your Plans - Push The “Go” Button Today!
By Harriet Meyerson

We live in a perfectionist society. People seem eager to point out every little thing that is wrong. Since no one likes to be criticized, fear of not being perfect can make progress very slow, or it can prevent people from even getting started.

For most of my life I tried to make sure the results would be perfect before I started a project. When I started skiing, I read, reread, underlined, and studied all the books on how to ski to make certain I was doing it exactly right. When I was learning to sail, I devoured the books on sailing to make sure I knew exactly what to do for every possible situation. Doing this took the fun out of activities that were supposed to be fun. It was the same with anything new that I took on. This was especially true in making business decisions, I had to be sure that I would have a certain results, or I wouldn't even start. As a result I didn't start many projects that might have been successful.


Then I met a man at a National Speaker's Association convention who was wearing a T-shirt with the words, "Implement Now - Perfect Later." After speaking to the man, I realized that there was a lot of wisdom in those words. His was a "learn as you go" system which eliminated the enormous stress of perfectionism. "Yes, you need to have a plan," he said, "however, you can act on it even though it isn't perfect." Here are some of the benefits of starting right now:


You won't know how wonderful your idea is until you put it into action. There is power in just beginning, which creates momentum.

You don't have to worry about the results because you know you are in the experimental stage, and you are going to use the results as a guideline for constant improvement. This will also give you something to say to those who criticize your work.


Just starting creates new ideas for improvement that would never come if you were just thinking about starting. If you're always thinking about starting, but never actually doing anything, you will not only be disappointed in yourself, you won't have the opportunity to face the challenges that build confidence. So take the advice on a wise man’s T-shirt "Implement Now - Perfect Later," and begin today and fine tune as you go along.

About the author: Harriet Meyerson, president of The Confidence Center, works with companies that want confident, loyal, and happy employees, and with individuals who want the confidence they need for success. Harriet is a member of the National Speakers Association and the author of Fire Up Your Staff on a Shoestring Budget.

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E-mail: Harriet@ConfidenceCenter.com

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