By Lindsey Schwartz
Last year was the year that I finally got out of my own way, and followed through on one of my big ideas. You know the kind I’m talking about—the ideas that keep you up at night, and make your heart race a little faster because you know that pursuing said ideas will force you to grow.
For me, it was writing a book.
Now, to say that I’m an unlikely author is a massive understatement. In fact, I had a health and fitness blog for over three years, and published an average of one new article per year. You read that correctly—I had exactly three articles on my blog, and I’m fairly certain that my mom was the only person who actually read them (thanks, mom!).
Needless to say, I was the least likely person to write a book, which made it the perfect opportunity to create some serious personal breakthroughs. I mean, I already knew what it felt like to have a big idea and NOT take action on it out of fear. . .but what if I actually finished this one?
Spoiler alert: I did finish the book (insert enthusiastic jazz hands!), and the two biggest lessons I learned along the journey to becoming a best-selling published author apply regardless of what creative pursuit you’re currently chasing.
Lesson #1: Done is better than perfect.
When I finished writing the first draft of my manuscript, I wrestled with an unsettling feeling that it wasn’t quite finished. No matter how many edits I made, I found new sections of the book that I wanted to improve. My fear that the book wasn’t perfect almost kept me from publishing it altogether. It was one simple mantra, played over and over in my mind for a year, that helped me keep moving forward:
“Done is better than perfect.”
The truth is, waiting and planning for things to be “perfect” has killed more of my dreams than trying and failing ever could.
Your current business idea may never truly feel finished, because your message is meant to evolve and grow as you do. By putting the message you’re currently working on out into the world, it clears space for new (and often better) content and ideas to come through.
Lesson #2: It’s not about you.
Here’s the deal—stepping out of your comfort zone is an invitation for resistance show up. Resistance isn’t a bad thing; it actually just means you have an opportunity to grow. But when you find yourself in the grip of resistance the doubts, fears, and excuses you’re experiencing start to sound really logical and quitting often seems like a perfectly valid choice.
Insecurities about not being good enough, concern for what people would think, lack of time, and a deep fear that other people were already doing what I wanted to do (and doing it better) were just a few of the ways resistance threatened to derail my book altogether.
The best advice I have for anyone wrestling with resistance is to remember that your business idea or message is not actually about YOU—it’s one-hundred percent about who you are going to serve.
When I took the focus off of myself and instead thought about the women that I truly wanted to impact, it helped me move through the resistance. And you definitely want to move through any resistance as quickly as possible, because in my experience the biggest breakthroughs are typically waiting on the other side.
So, what about you? What big idea is trying to get your attention right now? Who knows—if you say yes to pursuing it you may surprise yourself with what you’re capable of, and I can guarantee you’ll positively impact a lot of people in the process!