“Perfection is the enemy of progress.” Winston Churchill
Strive for progress and not perfection. Taking action and making progress is what is important. We get stuck on being perfect and lose sight of the real goal which is accomplishing what we need to in our business and our personal life.
We traded in our RV for a new 5th wheel toy hauler RV. It was not an expected expense but necessary since we are selling our home and we will live in our RV when we move to Florida until we decide on a brick and mortar location. Given our timeline for selling our home and moving we had a short window to drive the new RV down to Florida last weekend. The trip was just under 3000 miles.
Tom, Jack and I love a road trip because it gives us a chance to be together. We are great at packing our necessaries. As always, we packed our clothes, some healthy road food, and our oils and supplements. On this last trip we ran a diffuser in the truck while pulling our new RV. It was wonderful – first On Guard and Lemon to boost our immune, then Breath to open our airways, and later Balance to soothe our nerves from the bad weather and goofy drivers.
We drove through the night and did not take our supplements since we were totally off schedule. In fact, during the entire four days of our roundtrip we only took our supplements once. And that was okay. We were not perfect but it was good enough.
It was good enough because normally we eat well, rest well, and take our oils and supplements throughout the day. Sometimes life gets in the way of being perfect.
If we wait to do something until we have it perfect we stall our progress. “Perfection is the enemy of progress.” Moving forward with something that is good enough is just fine. Version 1 of anything gets us going. We are not wedded to any version of anything – we can always revise and improve. Many times we need to run with a version 1 and see how it goes then make modifications and that is okay.
I am a recovering perfectionist. Having adopted Winston Churchill’s philosophy has made a huge difference on my approach to business and life and it has been a wonderful improvement. I now know that it’s okay to move forward with a first iteration and there is no need to apologize for any shortcomings. I simply admit that it’s a version 1 or 2 and embrace progress. So many people have great ideas that they never move forward with because they are waiting for perfection. What a waste. The world is missing out on the great idea because the inventor fears judgement of his or her version 1. So many people are waiting for the perfect time or the perfect circumstances before they launch a business, release an idea, get married, have a baby, or whatever – and, sadly, sometimes they never do what they want because a perfect time seldom comes.
So I say go for it! As Nike says: “Just do it.” You can always improve your first attempt or first version and you will make progress. Moving forward does not mean that you are settling for less than perfect – quite the contrary, you are making progress toward perfection. Taking action is key. Remember, it’s all about the journey.
We survived not taking our daily oils and supplements. Would we have felt better had we stayed on our normal routine? Yes. But we had a job to do and we got the RV to Florida in the short window of time that we had and it was not perfect but it was good enough. We made progress. We took action. We got it done.