Aim For Progress, Not Perfection
The Cambridge Dictionary definition of perfection is “the state of being complete and correct in every way”. The definition of progress is “movement to an improved or more developed state, or to a forward position”. If you want to achieve success in anything in life, which do you think is more important? Perfection or progress?
All my life I have been a person who like to make things happen. When I have a choice, I always choose action over inaction. This means that I do not spend much time debating whether my approach is the 100% optimal one. If I did that, I would still be in the pre-launch phase of my business.
Over the last 7 years I have met a lot of people who have wasted an enormous amount of time trying to make things perfect. They have tried so hard to be perfect that they never got started. They work on their “pitch”, they study all aspects of the compensation plan, they prepare, prepare, and prepare to get started, but never really launch their business in practice.
Over the same 7 years I have also met a lot of people who have had a growth-oriented mindset. They are willing to learn new things and they immediately implement it in their business. They test a pitch or an approach for a period, on a certain number of contacts. They evaluate and they tweak, if necessary. Small steps but constantly making progress, making their best efforts to improve their results. It will never be perfect, but it is a living and improving process, moving towards a bigger and brighter goal.
So, in the 7 last years while some are still preparing, others have changed their life.
Why is it that so many people are obsessed with perfection? Is it because we cannot have it? I believe it might have something to do with what we have been taught at school and further on in life. We learn to work hard to get great grades, find a great job, have a perfect body, live in a big house, own a great car, be successful etc. The competition started already when we were kids and for many, it continues until they die. Instead of competing with others, I suggest that you rather compete with yourself from day to day.
If you want to succeed in network marketing (or anything else) aim for daily progress rather than perfection. Progressing every day, week, month, and year is a journey and it is the best way to live life to the fullest, in my opinion. It does not mean you are lowering the bar. It means that you are prioritising moving toward your goal, and you are getting there in many small steps and not in one giant step. Don’t let striving for perfection paralyse your progress, no matter what you are going to start. Progress beats perfection every time.
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