Perfectionism is a lame excuse for procrastination.

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I often hear people say, “Someday I’m going to write my novel. Someday I’m going to travel to Europe. Someday I’m going to (fill in the blank).”

Someday never comes. They get busy being busy. They put off their dreams for another day, which becomes another year,  which becomes…never.

One of the biggest reasons people don’t take action on their dreams is because they are waiting for the perfect time, to have the perfect amount of money or to be perfect themselves.

Imagine a baby waiting to walk until they can do it perfectly, that’s like waiting to write a book until you’re writing is perfect. Ha!

Perfectionism is lame.

You gotta start somewhere.

But yet,  for many of people if it can’t be perfect or they don’t know how they will accomplish the whole enchilada, they won’t even bother starting. That’s sad.

They also think they can do everything on their own. Guess what? They can’t.

You know how many movies were made by one person? Well, I don’t know exactly, but I can tell you most movies are made by an endless number of people. Just watch the credits next time you’re in the movie theater.

When we want to make a significant change or take on an important project it’s important to take these five important steps.

1. Get a mentor. Find someone who has done what you want to do or who knows how to coach you through the process. This could be a life coach or a teacher.

2. Take baby steps. Plot out the steps you need to take. You can’t do everything at once.

3. Create a Timeline. You need a game plan and you need to create a realistic timeline in which you will take the steps, whether it be to write the pages of your novel, or build your new business.

4. Get support. Find a group of supportive people, a community who is doing something similar. Don’t go it alone.

And you may have noticed that there’s no step 5. Wanna know why? Because you don’t need to be perfect and 4 is plenty of steps.

Don’t Wait for the World to Give You Permission to Shine

“If we wait for the world’s permission to shine, we will never receive it. The ego doesn’t give that permission. Only God does, and God has already done so.”—Marianne Williamson-A Return to Love

For much of my life I felt uncomfortable taking up too much space, talking too much, receiving compliments, taking in people’s appreciation, etc. In the past, I have intentionally turned away from attention and praise and at times, I have dimmed my light for fear of making others feel  less than, uncomfortable, or jealous.

How often do you dim your light so as not to stick out or make others uncomfortable?

Sometimes I’ve even hidden my light behind other people’s lights because it felt more humble, more spiritual, to be behind the scenes, rather than play a starring role in my own life.

Sadly, this has led to my blaming others for circumstances in my life and giving my power away, power that was God given.

Somewhere along the way we get the message that it is more polite to be humble, meaning “invisible,” to not “hog” all the attention, and to not “get too big for our britches.”

Some of us through the world’s teaching, or by our own distorted thinking, came to equate self-love with the tale of Narcissus, self-care with selfishness, and healthy self-esteem with arrogance.

I have come to realize that the light inside of me seeking to be expressed is God.

So, when I dim my light, I am dimming God.

I am dimming the impact of the Divine to speak through me. I am not allowing myself to be a vessel for God’s love and light if I am intentionally putting a kink in the rope so that the Divine cannot flow through me with ease, grace, and power.

Since we are all God, each one a unique imprint of Spirit, we all have the light of God shining through us.

The more we allow our light to shine, the more we are allowing God to shine through us. God beaming God.

Our egos tell us to play small and be safe, while our souls have come to Earth to surf the waves of love, joy, and beauty, and to boldly express the glory of God that is in each and every one of us!

Affirmations:

Today I shine my light full on and with full permission.

I stand center stage, starring in my own life.

The Divine is my Director and I am here to be bold, authentic, open-hearted, and courageous.

I turn up my light knowing that as I do, God’s love fills me and draws out the shadows, illuminates the dark, and sparks the fire of love ever brighter in my soul!