I confess I’m a recovering perfectionist. I love to dream and I love to plan (many of us do), but I often used this tendency to support my procrastination. At the end of the day, we actually haven’t done anything until we have executed our plan. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@ragoncreative” suffix=””]Execution drives innovation, perfectionism breeds lead feet and fear.[/inlinetweet] It’s funny how quickly we convince ourselves otherwise.
Back in 2004 a friend and I began a three-year stint of racing professional motocross for Team Suzuki. He had spent 3 months training in the warm weather of FL, but I was locked in the cold state of TN going to school and practicing intermittently. I had so much cabin fever that I jumped at the chance for a pre-season debut race. What did I have to lose? Might as well test my metal and work the bugs out before Round 1 of the season kicked off. In contrast, my teammate showed up to watch with his bike packed tightly away. “Don’t want to show my hand too early,” he reasoned. I won a few events and had mechanical issues in others that weekend but he didn’t do anything but sit and wonder if he had what it took.
Round 1 came around two months later in California and he completely unraveled. He started with a bang and crashed six turns later. I started mid-pack and worked my way to the front by picking people off ever lap. I learned something vital that day — you only get better by doing (planning only takes you so far).
Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it must find us working.”
[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@ragoncreative” suffix=””]Don’t wait to pull the trigger until everything is perfect. The situation is never ideal.[/inlinetweet] It’s going to rain, UPS is going to be late, the bank’s going to close on holidays, and you are going to make mistakes. But hey, you’re other option is to wait until someone else executes on your idea.
Do you cheer for the rookie running onto the field or the guy who didn’t even sign up for the bench?