Bad news friend: being perfect is impossible. You will always have flaws no matter what you do. You can however be close to perfection. Which leads me to the good news: you’ve already cleared step 1 of your journey towards perfection.
Step 1 – Know You’re Not Perfect
That’s right, the first step in the journey to perfection is to know and to admit you are not perfect. Seeing that you are here means you are not in denial. You know you could be a better version of yourself.
So give yourself a pat on the back as you’ve already completed step 1.
Step 2 – Identify Your Flaws and Weaknesses
Next, you’re going to pull out a piece of paper, and write 5 to 10 things about yourself that you’d like to improve. Over time, as you undergo internal or external changes, you will add new points to develop.
Be honest when writing your list, there’s absolutely no benefit in cheating. I even suggest you ask for help to identify your flaws and weaknesses from someone who knows you well, someone who might see things you don’t notice about your character.
Step 3 – Choose Your Target
Now that you know what to work on, it is time to choose one item off your list to improve.
The reason behind working on one target at a time is to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed. If you try to tackle everything at once, your focus and energy will be divided. You will have so much on your plate, and feel like there’s so much to do that you’ll struggle to keep up with Step 4.
Step 4 – Set Your Goals
Great! You now know what you want to work on. Here’s where you divide and conquer. Break down your goal and reduce it into smaller, easier, and more achievable objectives that will over time help you reach your final destination. What are the set of actions you have to do that’ll help get there?
Goal setting is an entire topic on it is own. Check out this guide on how to set your goals effectively for more help.
Step 5 – Take Action
You’re fired up, you’re excited, you know how you’re going to do it, you’ve got your plan ready and detailed to the tiniest spec of dust, and there’s no way you’re going to fail. Am I right?
I could be right. And you could be (and most probably are) wrong about at least one thing. You see, you’ll never know whether you’re going to fail unless you TAKE ACTION.
If you sit there fantasizing about how you’re going to improve without making a move, then don’t expect much change to occur. And while we’re talking about planning, I have to tell you that no plan is ever perfect. You don’t get to where you want without facing some trouble along the way.
So don’t procrastinate by convincing yourself you have to work out every detail of your plan. You just need a starting point. Once you get started, you’ll tweak things as you go. The closer you get to your final destination, the more you’ll realize there are things you haven’t accounted for, the more you’ll have to adapt and overcome your new set of obstacles by going through Step 4 again.
It’s a painful process, I know. No one said it was going to be easy, but I promise you at some point you’re going to stop for a minute, think back at all the things you’ve been through, all the sacrifices you’ve done, all the blood sweat and tears, and you’re going to be proud of the distance you’ve covered.
Step 6 – Rinse & Repeat
This step pretty much speaks for itself. Once you’ve reached your target, it is time to move on to the next.
The good news is, now you know the way. And the more you travel down this road, the more you have it memorized, the quicker you can anticipate it is ups and downs, and the better you will become at maneuvering them.
You got this
Growing, getting better, moving forward… it is all a process. The most important thing is for you to always keep your eye on the ball. Remember, the plan may vary, but the goal does not change. Burn down the bridges of retreat. Make it so that you have no option but to keep moving forward. For that to happen, you have to be all in.
If you want a fire to be lit under your a**, I highly recommend you read Be Obsessed Or Be Average by Grant Cardone. It’d be even better if you download the audiobook as it is read by Grant Cardone himself. The man really knows how to pump you up.
I remember one night after a long day at work, I came home exhausted and ready to call it a night. But instead I put my earphones on and played his audiobook. What I was listening to had me burning on the inside, imagining myself conquering the world, becoming one of the most powerful and influential men, living life at it is fullest, being the best me possible. From that moment on I’ve taken massive action towards becoming the man I am today… not that I’m done evolving…
In any case, check out his YouTube videos before making that purchase, it’ll give you a better idea of who he is.
And remember, you got this.
Bang your chest, make yourself heard.