Learning from Jack Butcher - 6
Building Principle 6:
You can't get good unless you get going.
"Failure is success in progress" - Albert Einstein
Everybody has been there in that moment when you know what you need to do but you can't seem to take the first step. The fear of failure, criticism, and humiliation jumping on your back hindering all movement. When we succumb to this failure, we commit to never succeeding.
I've spent the better half of my adult life with the desire to do something. It hasn't always been the same thing, there has been always been something weighing on my mind, waiting for me to start the fire. This last year was the breaking point for my stagnation. It hasn't even been 3 months since I decided to start my newsletter and I already know it was the best thing I've ever done. Launching this site and committing to writing every day for 30 days has probably been the second-best thing. And it wasn't the completion of the the projects, but the understanding and acceptance that I'm taking on something that it will take time to perfect. That is success in progress - you know that you'll succeed eventually and are welcoming to the failures you know are coming. That is power. All it takes is one step forward to begin the journey.
Earlier today while preparing for an interview, I was covering the usual questions asked in my head. What are your strengths and weaknesses? My first thought was that this was my new strength. Thinking that this is the proudest I've ever make me chuckle because it's so silly that this is all it took.
By taking action, we release ourselves from an eternal "what if".