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Imperfect Action

August 15, 2019

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When was the last time you gave yourself permission to do something imperfectly? I was listening to Rachel Hollis’ Rise Podcast this week, and during the episode she said, “So many women think they have to get it perfect right out of the gate,” and this gave me pause because, well, she’s right! Now Rachel was referring to the world of business in this example, but the same is true in other areas of life as well.

Are you establishing a workout routine? Trying to eat healthier foods? Reaching for a big, audacious goal?

Well, friends, I’m here to remind you that you don’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s never going to be perfect. You’re going to have setbacks, you’re going to have to overcome the habit of doing what is easy because if you want to grow you have to dance along the edge of your comfort zone – and sometimes even jump off the deep end.

There’s a post-it on my computer monitor that reads, “Done is better than perfect,” and I need reminding of that every time I sit down to write. Because a perfect blog post that lives in my mind will never reach you. But an imperfect message that’s written while the kids nap and the dog barks in the background, just might remind you that imperfect action beats perfect inaction every. single. time.

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Imperfect action beats perfect inaction every single time!

So, what is something you can do today, right now even, to bring you one step closer to reaching your goals? I don’t care what it is, so long as it propels you forward. Go for a walk. Better yet, walk your dog so she stops barking. Eat something green. Make a smoothie. Drink water. Then drink some more. Log off of your electronics an hour before bed. Establish a bedtime routine. Get good sleep. Wake up and set your intentions for the day. Move your body with joy instead of as punishment. Make someone smile. Spread some joy. Rinse and repeat.

Because if you don’t take action now, when you feel the desire in your heart, when will you? Get up. Move your body. And make it happen, friends!

Resources: Rise Podcast Episode 109 | Imperfect Action Quote attributed to President Truman

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