“Just do it! Make your dreams come true!” — Shia LaBeouf
We’re told how important it is to set goals and dream about what we want to achieve. We hear wisdom and helpful advice that seems practical enough to help us along our journey. While all this is great, and each piece helps solve the puzzle, they are not enough. Without the crucial piece to hold them all together, they are all hollow agents of change:
That crucial piece is implementation.
You can make a plan, put it on the calendar, tell the world about it, and join a group, but unless you are going to take action and do it, it ultimately won’t help your personal development journey. Excuses are plentiful, and perfection is a secret rebel harming your progress. So let’s learn why perfection seems so attractive, and how to gain real progress in our life and personal development journey.
Perfection seems so valuable because our society admires and supports the idea. Our society depicts celebrities and athletes as models of perfection. We pour our valuable and finite time and attention over tabloids, seeing which celebrities are dating, which celebrities are having quarrels, and the latest plan to develop the perfect figure. The media enforces these gender stereotypes, leading to “ideal” body images that breed eating disorders and an unhealthy self-esteem for a countless number of people around the world.
We watch the professional athletes we deem as heroes. If they don’t perform the perfect play or make the best decision from our point of view, we generate anger, frustration, and stress. We spend so much time contributing as a fan to celebrities and athletes, without spending the time to cultivate our own personal development.
There is nothing wrong with striving to better yourself by imitating professionals. There is also nothing wrong with giving praise to celebrities and professional athletes. Heroes are important, and if your hero is an athlete or celebrity there is nothing wrong with that.
The point I am making is that many times we compare ourselves to these great performers without considering all the years of practice it took them to get where they are today. When we compare ourselves to professionals without considering their years of practice we feel a loss of motivation and become tempted to give up on our goal. Even celebrities and athletes are humans, and humans make mistakes. Ironically, we also get discouraged when we make mistakes. Mistakes are a sign that you are trying, and if you are trying and learn from your mistakes you are that much closer to success!
In order to become good or successful at something, you need to work at it and just do it. You might want to wait until the perfect opportunity until everything is aligned perfectly. Chances are, life isn’t going to craft and deliver the perfect setup, you have to make it yourself. Make a plan and implement it. At first, it may seem like you will never make progress or that your practicing is not even effective. Just keep going. Great achievements don’t happen overnight, they require a lot of time behind the scenes before the public achievement is noticeable.
So whatever your goals are, whatever your dreams are, just start working on them and don’t give up. Stop procrastination in its tracks and start today. Over time, you can make amendments to your practice, adjust your craft and revise if necessary, but you can’t do any of that if you don’t start. So just start, and the rest will follow. Work hard, stay persistent, and as Shia Leboeuf said, “Just do it!”
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