Massive Imperfect Action
Napoleon Hill, the author of the classic, Think and Grow Rich tells us that once we get clear about our dream, to then make a plan and to begin at once to execute the plan whether we are ready or not.
This means that you will probably start with an imperfect plan.
And you will probably start with massive imperfect action. The very nature of your dream is one of expansiveness, which means you will be required to do things that you have never done before. You are discovering and developing new skills and capabilities that have been there all along but now you are putting them in service to your dream. And in the beginning, those new actions are awkward and uncomfortable and imperfect.
The only way to build your skill and confidence is through the actual doing, through massive imperfect action.
Have you ever watched a baby learn to talk? My original career was as a speech therapist. I would create every opportunity I could to watch babies learn to talk. They spend hours repeating single syllables that are just babbling but absolutely necessary to develop the strength and coordination of the muscles that produce speech. We as the adults celebrate those silly sounds. In fact, we find ourselves imitating them.
That process never changes. But somewhere along the line as we grew up, we have adopted this crazy notion that we should come out of the gate already being an expert with a new enterprise. That is how dreams die before they even get started.
Your dream will grow and you will grow as you take massive imperfect action. Trust that as you take massive imperfect action, you will develop the skills, the muscles, the coordination and the confidence necessary to achieve your dream.
And celebrate that awkward afraid part of you as you take that massive imperfect action. It means you are on the field taking risks and out there living in a big bold way.
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Here’s to living your dream!