Is the thought of making a mistake holding you back?
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work, or family, or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
-Neil Gaiman, Author
I think this is a fitting quote to start off the new year.
How about you? We so often get caught up in making everything perfect, or gathering more information, or analyzing a variety of options, that we never get the darn thing done. I do this myself and I am working hard to eliminate this behavior.
I have many half-baked projects. Ideas are always swirling around in my head. Some I act on, some I start and they are still percolating, some are actual mistakes (yikes!), and others I actually implement (yes!). But one thing that always trips me up is wanting things to be perfect. That stops me dead in my tracks. It’s been a hard habit to break and it certainly is not broken…yet. : )
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In closing, if you have been, like me, waiting for things to be perfect, or perhaps are afraid you might make a mistake by making some changes in your business or personal life, I encourage you to “Just Do It” (thanks, Nike). It could change your life!
Kathy Jiamboi – Founder & President