Day 7 Challenge: For today’s challenge I want you to pick one imperfect action that you can take every day that will move you closer to the life you have envisioned. It could be 5 minutes of walking or meditation, or even just continuing the momentum of this challenge and keep writing 200 words a day on your blog. Pick that one imperfect action and write a post about why you chose the particular action and what you imagine it will be like if you do it every day for the next 30 days.
Like Natalie said in the video, Imperfect action is better than no action at all. It is something that I have been learning to embrace lately, especially with regards to writing and blogging. This blog challenge of writing and publishing that writing publicly daily has been uncomfortable because I do have a tendency to want to make it perfect before hitting the publish button. But again, imperfect is better than undone, right? So I hit publish, knowing that I can always polish this series of blog posts up later. That’s the beauty of the blogging medium: you can always go back and edit or tidy up or add ideas… But if you keep something in draft format, then no one gets the benefit of seeing it, and possibly they need to hear or read those words that you are too scared to type RIGHT NOW. Don’t let your fear of imperfection get in the way of helping someone else with your words.
My imperfect action is to finish this blog challenge strong, and continue to write daily (privately), and drop the blog posts down (or up, considering I haven’t been blogging consistently lately) to once a week, whether or not I feel like I have something to say. A weekly blog will still appear.
The other day, I had to have this conversation with myself regarding my newsletter. I was fighting internally whether or not to send it, and then I hit the send button before I could change my mind or talk myself out of it… Why? Because I wanted it to be perfect. I felt the more time I had with it, the better I could make it, but it would be at the risk of not sending it at all. And I made a promise to myself that I would send out my newsletters twice a month: once in a monthly forecast start-of-the-month style, and once in a letter/story format, on the first and the fifteenth, respectively. It was the fifteenth yesterday. And because of that, it went… And it was imperfectly authentically me. I will take authenticity over perfection any day of the week. And that’s what I need to remember the next time I try to convince myself into procrastination!
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7.