Progress Over Perfection

Hi Everyone! It’s me, Larry, from Sixty Mile Motivation.

Ok so listen to this, today I want to talk to you about something that is still a personal struggle for me. I’m gonna wrap this up with a comment on the aftermath of Maroon 5’s Super Bowl performance from Sunday night. Stick with me here.

Ok I know a lot of you out there are having trouble with this right now. The reason that a lot of you out there who are trying to start something new, trying to build your dream, trying to reach your goals, feel like you’re frozen in time or feel like you just can’t make any progress is because you are… wait… are you ready for this? Are you sure? Ok, it’s because you are a prisoner of perfection. Yes that’s right, you heard me. Worse yet? You probably don’t even realize it! I know I didn’t for the longest time. Like I said, this is still a personal struggle for me.

I consider myself a creator meaning… you guessed it… I like to create things. I mean I like to put things together. Whether it’s putting the ideas in my head together to make a strong motivational video or whether it’s putting together lines of java code in Android Studio to create a mobile app. I like to create.

The problem with creating is that you can think about what you want to do. You can organize it in your head or on paper or on your phone or computer screen. You can go over it. You can edit it. You can think about it some more BUT eventually you need to say… IT’S READY and put it out there for the world to see.

THAT IS A SCARY CONCEPT because NO ONE LIKES TO BE JUDGED or CRITICIZED ESPECIALLY for SOMETHING THAT THEY CREATED.

Side Note: My parents are hard working people. Always have been. I remember the last place my father worked, he told me that he was always confident at work. He said that was because he knew that when someone came into his place of employment they were coming into his space and he felt more in control and of stronger mind than when he was out of work. I’m just telling it like it is. I respect him for his honesty with me it gave me a deeper insight into his character and his way of thinking. The thing is that when you work for someone else, you are operating under their model, their rules, you are a representative of their company. If something goes wrong, or if something about the company gets criticized,  I mean it really isn’t an attack on you personally because even though you work there… YOU DIDN’T CREATE IT. On the other hand, when you create something I mean when you come up with something from scratch and you put it out there for the whole world to see… it feels a lot more personal when someone criticizes it. Should that stop you from creating? NO!

Here is the heart of this post right here… you need to realize and come to terms with this right now… someone will always be able to find a flaw in what you create. No matter how much time you spend making sure that it’s PERFECT… someone out there somewhere will come along and point out something they perceive to be a problem with it.

Whether you want to admit it or not, maybe not all of you out there but I know a lot of people out there… and you don’t need to raise your hands (I know it’s a blog post and I can’t see you raising your hands anyway.) just be honest with yourself… a lot of people out there are so paralyzed by the FEAR of strangers, worse yet people they know, criticizing them for their creations that they become PRISONERS OF PERFECTION. That means that during your creative process, your fear of the criticism that you think you are going to get from other people causes you to keep editing, reviewing, re-thinking, re-doing, editing, reviewing, re-thinking, re-doing, editing, reviewing, re-thinking, re-doing until you literally get lost in that and you get so bogged down that you don’t even get to the stage where you may get some criticism. Is it a self defense mechanism? Maybe. BUT you need to stop it. I mean right now, stop it. You need to worship PROGRESS over PERFECTION. Look, the first videos I put out might not have the best lighting, sound or editing. Maybe the way I speak doesn’t flow the way I really want it to. Oh hey what about this one… maybe I watch a video back that I just got finished creating and realize that I mispronounced a word. OH BOY! Now, if I was a PRISONER of PERFECTION, I would scrap that video and start over because of the one little misstep that I made. BUT what if I correct that misstep in the next video but make another one or two. Then what? Do I keep scrapping and re-recording?

Get in the mindset of PROGRESS over PERFECTION. This ideas piggy backs off of one of my previous videos called COMPETE AGAINST YOURSELF. Bottom line, you need to get a little better each time, be a little better today than you were yesterday. Perfection is an impossible pursuit because it really lies in the perception of the of audience. Make PROGRESS. FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE PROGRESS THAT YOU MAKE. REALIZE THAT YOU ARE NOT PERFECT. YOUR CREATION MAY NOT BE PERFECT but it DOES NOT HAVE TO BE. It just has to be AUTHENTIC. It just has to be REAL. It just has to be YOU. If you do that, you’re heading towards VICTORY. I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT. More so, I BELIEVE IN YOU. Keep CREATING and never stop. Whatever your passion is, whatever you create, keep it up. From this day forward YOU WILL NOT BE A PRISONER OF PERFECTION. YOU WILL PUT PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION.

Ok here it comes, I said I was going to talk about the aftermath of Maroon 5’s Superbowl performance from Sunday night. Marron 5 performed in the half-time show. I saw it. I didn’t see a problem with the performance. I like Maroon 5. I thought it was great. Look, I want to make it clear that I’m not bringing this up to take a political stance on anything. I’m saying I liked the performance and the halftime show. I don’t know much about Travis Scott. He was one of the performers but I remember Big Boy from Outkast back in the day so that was pretty cool to me and I like Maroon 5’s music in general. Anway… back to it… According to social media, a lot of people didn’t feel the way that I did about it and they voiced their opinions in many different ways through Facebook, Twitter, other social media platforms… some of the comments were pretty harsh criticizing the performance basically saying that it was lack luster and boring, not always in those words.

So Adam Levine, in-case you don’t know he’s the lead singer of the band, obviously saw a lot of these harsh comments and he responded to them with a statement. What should be noted here are the words that he chose to respond with. I forgot what news outlet I saw it one but Adam said, and this is just an expert, he said “we thank the critics for always pushing us to do better”. He got beat up on social media for his performance and he thanked his critics for always pushing Maroon 5 to do better. That’s a winning mindset. Ok so not everyone liked the performance, so what, not going to let it break them, they are going to take the criticism, grow from it, and move on. Like Maroon 5 or not, they’re winning.

Look, let me explain… Maroon 5 has been a band for years and performing for years. They have been creating, writing songs, putting together performances for years. Still, they know that each and every time they write a song, make a music video, or get up on stage to put on a show that some people are just not going to be satisfied with what they created. They know they are going to get some type of criticism for it. I bet in the beginning when they were putting their band together, at least some people probably told them that they weren’t going to make it as musicians or told them to give up and get “real jobs”. Obviously, they kept pushing forward and look at them today. Love them or hate them, they are a huge success in the music industry. They know how it goes. They know that nothing is perfect and they can always improve and do better but they learn, grow, and keep moving forward. THAT’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.

Be like Maroon 5. THANK YOUR CRITICS FOR ALWAYS PUSHING YOU TO DO BETTER. For pushing you to make progress.

Final thought, if you strive for perfection you will forever be disappointed. If you strive for progress, you will be satisfied every day that you move forward even one step closer to your goals.

PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION. DON’T BE A PRISONER OF PERFECTION.

Stay tuned for more motivational and hopefully inspirational content coming your way from Sixty Mile Motivation. Until next time, remember… you don’t quit, you never give up, you are ALWAYS FORWARD. YOU CAN DO THIS.

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