Just Start

We tend to approach most things in life with high expectations. I hate to admit it, but if I don't think I can win, I may not even try.

In reality, when we do this, it's typically fear masquerading as perfectionism. You tell myself anything worth doing is worth doing well, and then sometimes find yourself doing nothing at all.  

You have an idea, share it with your friends, family, or anyone who will listen - you're fired up and ready to take on the world. You may have even reserved the URL, made some business cards and printed a few t-shirts. But then it happens. You stare at the blank screen not sure where to start and decide you'll watch Netflix until the inspiration hits you. 

These feelings are not just limited to new ideas. We tend to feel ill-prepared for most major life events. You want kids, but need to get one more thing in order. You want to get married, but need to take one more trip before settling down. 

The desire to live up to the perfection the world seems to demand leaves us stalled out on the side of the road to our dreams, watching as others pass us by. 

I don't mean to be over-dramatic, but as a recovering perfectionist, I've found the key is to just start. Get up every day and start. A sloppy attempt at something is better than a perfect attempt at nothing.

We all have the chance to shape the world in our own unique way. God has a purpose for your life. However, he won't force you to act. Instead, think of a calling like a note being passed your way. We can pick it up, read it, and follow it's instructions, or set it aside. The problem is when you finally get around to picking it back up, the note may have been passed on to someone else who is willing to act. 

Just start.