I’ve had some down time recently, a 10 day holiday in fact where I have been lucky enough to be with my family on the gorgeous Island of Sardinia. I’ve also had about three hours worth of internet access the entire time. This was glimpsed from wifi access at various beach café’s and restaurants whilst out exploring the island but at the accommodation ‘nada’. The wifi was broken where we were staying and being Italy and summer there was no urgency to fix it and at the end of the day I wasn’t that fussed.
Anyway, I digress…the reason for this scene setting is that I have had a lot of time to think and felt an urge of inspiration and creativity having not had any internet to distract me. I have realised that I have had a lot of unfinished projects in work this year which I have not put out there as I have felt there were not perfect yet or that I wasn’t sure how to do some fancy thing on my website to add into it before it was launched or because I let fear get in the way or made some excuse about getting it out there.
‘Progress not perfection’ is something I often say to my clients.
I’ve also been really aware of my 8 year old daughter’s high expectations of herself lately, we have noticed that if she does something she wants to get is right the first time and do well otherwise she often gives up before she has even begun, collapsing in a heap or having a melt down saying ‘ I can’t do it!’ The latest meltdown being she decided, before she began that she couldn’t do a ‘no blinking’ staring completion with her 6 year old brother (yes, these things are important in the life of an 8 year old). The other thing is cartwheels!
This is a new ‘thing’ which has cropped up and wanting to flip it on it’s head or ‘nip it in the bud’ so to say before it becomes a lifelong ‘thing’. So we have been talking to her about ‘done being better than good’. Just as with food, you have to try it once and if you don’t like it, well at least you have tried and experienced it so with school and work and a lot of things in life…such as cartwheels & staring competitions J If you give up before you have even started you don’t know if you can really do it or not. You really do have to give it a couple of go’s.
We don’t have to be good at everything but if you enjoy something persist at that and you will probably find that is the ‘thing’ that you find easy anyway.
Try something, do it for yourself or put it out to the world. Once it’s done you can move onto the next thing.
What’s that thing that you have been holding off putting out there, doing… what is the worst that can happen?
Go on… what are you waiting for?…