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The Value of Taking Imperfect Action

The past week a recurring theme has occured in my life which is the value of taking imperfect action.

I can be a bit of a perfectionist- I want to make sure that what I'm putting out into the world has high value + great impact on the people who might come across my work.

This is a great quality that I believe helps me to do well in my career and business - however - there are also times that it holds me back.

Take, for example, the online platform. I had been wanting to create a space for a while. And what did I do? I sat on it- I sat on the idea for much longer than I care to admit.

I gave myself every reason why it wouldn't work -

"I don't have professional equipment- so the video quality won't be quite right"

"I'm not techy enough to pull it off"

"I don't have the budget, I can't afford it"

And then the self-doubting thoughts set in-

"Who am I to do this?"

"Why would people listen to me?"

"I don't have enough experience yet"

This is an internal conversation that went on for a while. It shifted for me when doing my own inner self-care and reflection. I was home for 14 days in quarantine due to being in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. I spent the first week disconnected from social media - to create a space for myself to nurture my own well-being.

I nurtured myself with yoga, movement, meditation, reading, audiobooks + journalling to care for myself.

I experienced a breakthrough - my offering is just that - it's an offering. There is value in what I have to put into the world, where I am now. Even if it isn't perfected yet.

While what I am able to create may not be "perfect"- there is still value for others to benefit from my taking imperfect action.

What does it mean to take imperfect action?

An imperfect action is an act of doing. Rather than procrastinating with more research or planning or thinking. Making the decision to act + being open to learning and improving things along the way.

To begin taking imperfect action - I encourage you to reflect on something you've been holding off on. Approach the internal dialogue with kindness and self-compassion. Decide one thing you can do to take imperfect action this week. Notice how it feels when you do.

Imperfect actions can be big or small. All it requires is the willingness to decide + do.

Let me know how you take imperfect action this week!

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