I’ve learned something from watching people start new projects over the years.
There are standards and there are ideals. There are perfect examples and sweet spots that we’d all like to be in.
It’s great to aim high. You should strive to do something extraordinary.
But sometimes you can’t rush these things.
Sometimes you just need to make progress. Sometimes you just need to put one foot in front of the other and have faith that you’re moving in the right direction.
Sometimes you have to acknowledge your first outing won’t be perfect, and that it’s OK.
It’s far better to make some progress towards your goal than to become paralyzed worrying about nailing it the first time. It’s worse yet to self destruct when everything doesn’t come together right away.
So give it your best shot for a while. Learn the best practices, observe the best in your field and spend some quality time plotting your big move.
Aim high and try to get everything right. You’ll always come out ahead if you set ambitious goals for yourself and take some time to plan.
But don’t make perfection your ultimate goal. Make your goal to be your best self and commit to improving, little-by-little, each day.
Be proud of the work you’ve done to prepare for your journey. Then pack up and actually start the journey, because it’s time to make some progress.