Why You Want to Be an Imperfectionist

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7.

Natalie Sisson 10 day freedom plan blog challenge

Today’s challenge is for perfectionists and procrastinators. They tend to live together on ships that stay docked at shore. They like to hang out at airports without ever getting on a plane.

They like to wait for the perfect time to set out on their journey, for the magical moment when there are no longer fears to keep them from flying or icebergs to shipwreck their itinerary.

The only problem with that being, they never go anywhere.

When I was working with a coach, one of the best things he told me was that imperfect action is always better than perfect inaction. In other words, just do something.

Apple didn’t start out with the iPhone 7. McDonald’s didn’t start out with billions of customers served. They started out where everyone else starts out. With nothing. And then they did something.

And you know what? They turned into these mega icons of consumerism not because they’re perfect (as anyone who’s ever had McDonald’s or an iPhone can attest) but because they didn’t procrastinate.

To beat these devils at their own game, the challenge for today is to pick an imperfect action you can take every day to move you closer to your ideal life. It’s pretty similar to the challenge from a couple days ago about creating a success plan, but since there are dozens of things I could do every day to advance towards my goals, I picked a new action.

Since having only one source of income is risky, it’s really important for me to have a few streams of revenue. To set up a decent residual income from photography, I’ve been working on my stock portfolio, which requires a good deal of creativity, market smarts, and perfect technical execution. So when an image gets rejected or doesn’t sell, I get discouraged and give up.

But when Olympians encounter hurdles on the track, they jump over them. And it doesn’t matter if they knock them down. They don’t lose points for execution. They aren’t disqualified.

Medals aren’t handed out to those who clear the hurdles like ballerinas in flight. The ones who cross the finish line first no matter how many mistakes they make are the ones who win.

I know what it takes to get over the hurdles of perfectionism and procrastination. I need to just keep plowing forward and not pout my way off the track whenever I trip up.

So my new goal for each day is to upload one stock photo to my agencies. If I do it every day for a month with a 100% acceptance rate, then I have 30 new photos for sale online. Even if they don’t all get accepted, I should have at least 2o new photos for sale by this time next month.

It won’t be easy. Making an income with stock photography feels like running a marathon with your shoelaces tied together. But if you take it one stunted step at a time, eventually you’ll get to the finish line. Right?

2 thoughts on “Why You Want to Be an Imperfectionist

  • September 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Proud of you for persevering, for doing something, for moving ahead even when the whole picture isn’t clear. Keep going!

    • September 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Dad! 🙂


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