Perfectionism, procrastination are friends joined at the hip

What does it take to move forward and to create something different?


Moving forward and creating something different. Simple as that.


Problem is, it’s not as easy as it sounds. The challenge is in the “thinking.” We want things the way we desire, but fall short in doing what it takes to create them.


Breaking a habit takes commitment. It’s easy if we focus on what we want and take action from where we are, the way we are. Perfect isn’t an option at the start of something new. Perfectionist thinking will trip us up over and over. To develop a new habit, we start at the beginning. Maybe the endeavor isn’t brand new, perhaps we’re actually pretty good at it already.


Sounds like talking in circles. In a way it is! We go round and round thinking about what we want, and talking about it, and yet, so often we revert to DOING something else.


Being who we want to be, and maintaining the healthy habits we’d like, takes true commitment. It’s hard! If you think it’s easy, you’re in for a rude awakening! If it was easy, we’d all be there and my fingers would be at rest, rather than typing.


Question is, “Do you want it bad enough to do whatever it takes?”


Are you willing to take action when you don’t feel like it? Are you willing to STOP talking about what you don’t want, and focus on what you do? Can you accept where you are now, even if it isn’t where you want to be?


Acceptance is the first step in making change. It takes courage to accept the mess we’ve made. Whether it’s personally or professionally, doesn’t matter. We show up in all arenas, who we are, warts and all. Thinking otherwise is a silly game. You’re not fooling anyone but possibly yourself, depending on your level of denial.


Moving forward takes guts and determination. It requires committed action.


A client recently said she really wants to move forward here, in the U.S., to establish a business. She’s been living and working in Asia for nearly 25 years. She feels she’s out of sync with current day America.


Regardless whether that’s truth or illusion, it’s her stand. She is settling for her limitation. She says without an updated website, without products that are written for Americans, without… All day long! Sadly, she’s so busy talking about the past, she’s missing the present. Coaching works with the present — now. Without “now,” we’re practicing blowing hot air.


Perfectionism requires that everything must be perfect before beginning. The problem is, change happens so rapidly in today’s world that what’s perfect one day is obsolete the next. Either we’re in the game or we’re on the sideline waiting. Procrastinating until we have all our ducks in a row is a sure way to lose our quacker! The longer we wait, the greater the obstacle.


Which is it for you? What do you want? Jump in, be flexible, and call me if you get stuck. A project in motion is capable of moving where you want to go. Declaring limitation is akin to giving up, like perfectionism is akin to procrastination. You have what it takes to be and do whatever you want. Get on with it!