The Down and Dirty Guide to Kicking Butt

No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment making the tear worse.” – Book of Matthew

Do you get trapped in analysis paralysis?

You know, where you are stuck in your head, unable to take action.

I do.

I’m slow by nature. that’s just how I roll. It’s my natural pace for life and work. And that’s fine in my book.

What’s not fine, however, is how I often endlessly weigh options looking for a “perfect” solution before taking action.

There’s no such thing as a perfect solution.

Some things work. Others don’t.

The only way to find out what works, is to test it out in the real world.

The importance of getting dirty

A piece of unshrunk cloth looks clean and new. It appears to be the “perfect” fit to repair a torn pair of jeans.

The problem is that in the real world things get wet, things get dirty. An untested piece of cloth won’t hold up once it’s gets wet and shrinks. It’ll tear away from your jeans, leaving you with the same problem.

So in reality, a piece of cloth is no good as a patch until it’s been tested and worn by the elements.

The same is true for our plans and solutions and products and services. They are no good until they’ve been worn and gotten dirty.

Stop concocting the “perfect” plan for your life, looking for the “perfect” job, writing the “perfect” blog post, or finding the “perfect” way to market your services.

Instead, get dirty and take action.

How to take action and kick butt

Here’s a Down and Dirty Guide to Taking Action and Kicking Butt:

  • Lower Your Expectations. You no longer have to bear the weight of perfection on your shoulders. You simply have to get dirty and start playing. Your approach should be free and light.

  • Take your best guess. You don’t have to blindly spring into action. Take a moment (not a month) to consider your best course of action and try it out. When in doubt, trust your gut.

  • Embrace the mess. You’ll fumble and fail. Things won’t work out as planned. Celbrate this part of the process. It means you have taken action, and you are well on your way to kicking butt.

  • Learn something. What worked? What didn’t? Make a note of your findings, so that you can apply them to your next attempt.

  • Stack small wins. A new learning + implementing that learning = a small win. The people who kick the most butt stack one small win on top of another until they’ve built a skyscraper of success.

New Learning + Implementation = Small Win. – Click to Tweet

What do you think? Do you get caught in analysis paralysis? Know any good remedies?

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