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“Something worth doing is worth doing poorly.”

Wait. What?

Yes, we are the most flawed thing found on the face of the earth, yet we seek perfection in everything. 

We delay actions basis trivial excuses and find comfort. Many a time, we find ourselves overjoyed with some possibility but fail to act on it. Even when we do, the task doesn’t seem to appeal midway, and we discard it, or better yet, we don’t muster the courage of starting. 

Since we are such sucker to perfections and detest failures, we tend to give it all up.

“Something worth doing should be worth doing well.”

Agreed, and why not? Why would we do something poorly in the first place? Who thinks of performing badly?

That’s the message. Why shouldn’t you? If something is worth doing, then why not do it, even if it gets done poorly. 

Is it not better than not doing at all?

Imagine your situation. Stay with me on this. I have a point here.

You decide to write something, and then you plan for your day with your prompts and everything else that will propel you to win the day. Alas! Comes a crisis, and it eats away some crucial time of yours. Now, you had this notion of allocating fixed time for your writing activities. Having lost time, you finally decide to let go of the day and end up making plans for the next day.

Since things went haywire, you convinced yourself of the time paucity, and that you won’t be able to achieve the desired outcome. Rest is history. A day lost with frustration creeping in.

The thing is, why not do it, even if it gets done poorly. Agreed, you may miss your planned deadlines or the number of words or the research you were about to carry. Why not cut everything and do it less or even poorly, but get to it. Isn’t doing something better than not doing anything? At least you end up doing some percentage of it, though not good enough, you’ll make a start at least.

Don’t we work in our shitty jobs? Even if we do them poorly, we still do it because it keeps us afloat and puts food on the table.

You want to play some sport but are worried about how ill-equipped you are. Well, play it anyway. Who’s crowning you as the next star? Play and have fun.

I wanted to play the saxophone but somehow couldn’t gather enough steam and courage to play. It was a simple process- Buy a saxophone, take a lesson, and play. I didn’t. Now, it’s scary to even think of it. 

To think of it, let’s say I would have wasted around 2000 days between now and then when I chose not to play. 

All I had to do was play, but situations and thoughts prevented me from doing it.

What if I couldn’t play well?

What if I don’t get enough time?

Is it even worth playing?

The above questions sum up the reluctance I had. Had I started it, things would have been different. Yes, I would have done poorly but acquired a thing or two. That’s all that matters. If it was worth doing, it was worth doing poorly. 

Look back at your life, and you will find countless worthy ideas that end up in the drain due to your negative self-affirmation and rejected possibilities.

While introspecting, ask yourself. How many of those possibilities would you have desired to have achieved? 

What stopped you from taking action?

If it excited you then, why didn’t you went all out, better yet, start, to make it happen?

You have the answers, and they go like these.

I thought there were not enough resources for me to carry on.

Not sure about how to go about it.

I delayed it for later to find the right time, ending up not doing it altogether.

The perfection syndrome

So often, we want to do everything flawlessly. We plan and don’t start until we find the perfect time and place. We delay it convincing ourselves of the lack of resources and skills to make it work.

Had we put faith in ourselves and do it without worrying, imagine the number of ideas we could have executed that went by. The more we face challenges with the thought of starting a task, the lesser our fears have control over us.

More often than not, we seek surety that the plan or idea will work, and we make a mental framework of practices required to carry out for it to be successful. 

The fear of failure and loss if things were to go bad prevent us from executing our ideas. Our set of rules define our actions, and hence, the probability of their failure rests deep while implementing something. 

We find ourselves weak due to our presumed failure.

The problem, and I daresay this- our inherent love for perfection beats the good old idea of being good enough. While we could have taken action and achieved multiple outcomes, we end up creating a false premise of impeccableness, only to find ourselves going nowhere.

Closing thoughts

The only possible way to achieve success is by starting. There will always be challenges, and you will suck at a few things you take up, but the fruits of sowing something are a satisfying feeling and result than your fear of assumed failure. So, begin and suck at things. You are bound to fare poorly at the start, and that’s okay. 

Next time you have an idea, take immediate action. Begin with zero doubts discarding any supposed outcome.

Imagine this

Do you love to write, but don’t? Start anyway. At worst, you will fail miserably. Do it again if you love it.

Do you like dancing, but don’t? Just do it.You will find the rhythm if your will to learn is more than failure and your existing preconceived notions.

Eliminate the fear of failure. Something worth doing is worth doing poorly.

Do check out. The Most Important Thing Is to Run Your Own Race