Success Conversations — Show Up
Showing up seems to be more important than consistency.
Consistency is ideal.
But consistency could also be rather demanding. It all depends upon what one intends to be “consistent” in. For me, it is perfection or some semblance of perfection in whatever it is that I choose to pursue.
This obsession with seeking perfection in every personal and professional endeavor creates an all-or-nothing situation almost invariably. Needless to say, that is a sub-optimal strategy.
While some tasks are beautifully conceived and brilliantly executed, others get stalled and eventually end up in the proverbial cold-storage.
We can do it all. We can even do it all and do it well. But doing it all perfectly is a “mrig mareechika” — a deer in a desert chasing a mirage.
It is an illusion.
An illusion I find hard to overcome, making the same mistake of seeking perfection over and over again. The wise might even call it insanity.
“Showing Up” seems to be a much better strategy. Show Up and do something, rather than stall until perfection is achieved. A thing done well today appears to be better than a thing done perfectly tomorrow. And not without reason.
For tomorrow may never come.
So how, does one solve the consistency problem? How does one gradually transition from the psychological disposition of “doing it right or not at all” to “doing it without fail even if not perfectly”.
How does one reorient from the desire to be consistently perfect to the realization that Showing Up will lead to greater productivity and by virtue of it, greater success?
I do not know the right answers to this conundrum, which is why I am throwing this question out there. With the hope that the audience may share their wisdom and insights and help me help myself.
A crowd-sourced self-help if you will !!
Although I am certain that the dialogue will benefit us all.