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Chantal’s Influence Tip 43: Why Bad is the new Good


Remember the old adage “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well”?

This phrase is one of the reasons people avoid doing things.

Here are 3 classic traps we fall into when it comes to ‘doing things well’;

1) We want to do it so well (or perfectly), that we don’t get started / or we don’t complete things.

2) We get insecure about getting it wrong, so we don’t get started / or we don’t complete.

3) We think our self worth or ’OKness’ is dependant on doing well (or getting it right) which creates unnecessary over thinking and insecurity.

How about an alternative bumper sticker?
“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly – at first”
(unless you’re a brain surgeon)
We learn more when we take action because we get real time feedback. In many cases, our live in the moment experience is our best teacher.

If you’ve ever been taught to juggle, they insist you drop the balls many times before you catch them. It feels strange being ‘forced’ to make mis-takes but then you realise it’s the most important part of learning. Like falling over when we first learn to walk.

Every great invention has started off with major flaws.

The trap I see people falling into including myself at times, is wanting to ‘get it right’ before we’ve had experience of ‘doing it’.  Not a great success strategy.

“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first”  Emerson

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