The Philosophy of 'Do It Badly'
Have you ever had a project you wanted to do, a creative endeavour you wanted to get underway, or anything else that was going to come from you and required your hard work and effort? Did you find that it took you much longer than you expected, or wanted it to, because you wanted to get it perfect? Maybe there were lots of other steps you thought you needed in place first. Perhaps you doubted your capabilities and felt the results wouldn't be good enough?
We often put so much pressure on ourselves to be absolutely perfect at something, almost as soon as we try it, that we end up sabotaging our efforts. Tasks that could be quick drag on for weeks, or months, or never get done at all. We become so fearful of failure that it's sometimes easier not to start anything in the first place.
I want to talk to you about a concept that I was introduced to in recent months, that has completely shifted my mindset, and helped me to have the courage to complete tasks that I may never have even attempted before, because they felt too big, and too difficult for me.
This is the concept of 'doing it badly'.
Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you share your efforts with the world. Don't try to know everything, don't wait 'until'......just do it. Do it now, do it badly, just make that decision and move forward. It doesn't have to be amazing, it just has to be forward momentum. Because taking the plunge, making those first faltering steps, feeling the fear and the uncertainty and doing it anyway, is a huge part of the battle.
Once you've taken that step, you are moving forwards, you can make changes as you go. You can add, and tweak, and hone everything as you learn more.
I am not a very tech savvy person, I had no idea how to do something like building a website, and so I procrastinated, and I told myself stories about how I didn't have the knowledge or the skills to pull it off, and I put off even attempting to build a website, for almost 2 years! Until I was introduced to the powerful concept of doing it badly, and so I waded into unfamiliar territory. There was a great deal of confusion, and I'll admit some tears, and I would probably still be working on it into 2022 if I had waited to get it perfect. But I didn't. I simply did the best I could do at the time and I launched, and now I can tweak things and troubleshoot as I go, and actually, it feels a lot less stressful this way.
So take the plunge, don't worry too much, don't focus too much, just do it. Because making that decision to 'do it badly' is so valuable. What are you waiting for? There are things to do badly!