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.