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Taking imperfect action when you don’t know where to start



Do you know what you want to achieve in your yoga business but you have no idea where do start? This can leave you feeling stuck in your business. The key is to start taking imperfect action in your yoga business.

Feeling stuck is actually an excuse.

Get comfortable being uncomfortable

What feeling stuck really boils down to is being afraid of feeling uncomfortable. Feeling stuck means that we have to learn something new, or we have to do something that we’ve not done before to move forward.

Most of the time we don’t want to go there because it challenges us and moves us out of our comfort zone. Instead, we tell ourselves that we’re stuck and we don’t know where to start.

To move forward in your business you have to be willing to get uncomfortable.

The more uncomfortable you can get and the more you can sit with that feeling of being uncomfortable the more it will allow you to do the things that scare you.

It will allow you to move forward even when you don’t have all the answers and when things feel really uncertain. But moving forward will get you where you want to go.

You want to get to a place of feeling comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Stop playing small

Saying “I don’t know what to do, so I’m not going to make any moves yet” may feel like a legitimate reason why you’re not making progress.

You might be saying to yourself “My website’s not ready, so I can’t start writing my blog” or “My email list isn’t big enough yet so I won’t focus on email marketing yet”. Essentially you’re saying “I’m stuck and I’m not going to move”. And so you don’t.

Feeling stuck is an excuse. You’re using that excuse to stay playing small and staying stuck.

Many of us wait around until the perfect moment to take action. We hold ourselves back from taking action on the things we think about over and over again.

The thing is, we’re only wasting time if we’re thinking about doing things instead of actually doing them.

You only have so much time and energy and you definitely do not want to be wasting it on thinking instead of doing.

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Perfectionism will slow you down

Many entrepreneurs have the belief that everything has to be perfect first. They need the perfect website before they go live, they need to polish up each last piece of content before they launch a program and have the perfect business card before they go out and network.

But nothing will ever be perfect and everything will always be changing.

If perfectionism is keeping you from working toward your goals, think of how you will feel a month, 6 months or even a year from now when you are no further ahead.

Taking imperfect action means swallowing your pride and taking action to move forward.

Think of something you want to implement but haven’t acted on.

Taking imperfect action isn’t about being impulsive. It’s about being clear on what you want and taking the steps to get there.

Doing so will help you gain clarity and knowledge. When you take imperfect action, you will find yourself growing as a person and you will begin to open yourself to new ideas and opportunities.

Often when we are resisting something in our business there is a limiting belief that is keeping us stuck where we are.

If things are imperfect we find ourselves in fear of criticism and rejection. We sabotage ourselves with the belief that we don’t know enough or are not good enough.

The solution is to take imperfect action

By taking imperfect steps forward you will learn to trust your abilities. As a result, your confidence will be boosted and those voices in your head telling you that you can’t do it will fade.

The solution is to take imperfect action. Perfectionism can slow you down. You have to take imperfect action which will be uncomfortable and messy and that’s okay.

Fake it til you make it

Have you heard of this saying? Fake it til you make it! It’s true. Sometimes you have to make it up as you go like you know what you’re doing.

With practice and time as you go through the process, you’ll learn and eventually, you will know what you’re doing!

But if you don’t make a start you’ll never get there. You will never move forward.

Ask yourself “What if I knew what I was doing? What if I had all the answers? How would I approach this?” And then just do it! Put together a plan and complete it to the best of your ability.

It won’t be perfect, it never has to be. You will change and tweak things as you go along. But you will have created something, something that you can then get valuable feedback from.

Take imperfect action by making faster decisions

If you feel like you don’t know what to do and you’re not ready to move forward, move forward anyway. Make a decision because a decision will lead to action. Producing something imperfect will lead to something better.

The hardest place is starting from scratch. But once you go beyond starting from scratch you will be able to get so much done without having all the answers.

Just act as if you do while knowing that over time you can change anything. You call the shots!

Think of one thing right now in your business that you have been sitting on. Then put together an imperfect action plan and complete it to the best of your ability.

Action is the only way you will know if something’s going to work or not. If you just do nothing you will have no idea what way to go.

It’s so simple. This is nothing you don’t already know but this might be something that you haven’t done. 

Find that one thing you’ve been sitting on and make a decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is imperfect action?

Imperfect action refers to the concept of moving forward with a plan or goal, even when you don't have all the details figured out or when conditions are not ideal. It emphasizes the importance of taking action rather than getting stuck in a cycle of planning and perfectionism.

2. Why is taking imperfect action important?

Taking imperfect action can be a critical strategy to overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and fear of failure. It helps you to build momentum, learn through doing, and make progress even when you feel uncertain.

3. How can I start taking imperfect action?

To start taking imperfect action, begin with identifying one small step you can take towards your goal. It doesn't have to be perfect; it just needs to be a step forward. As you progress, adjust and refine your actions based on the feedback and learning you gather along the way.

4. How does taking imperfect action combat procrastination?

Procrastination often stems from fear of failure or a desire for perfection. Taking imperfect action allows you to break the cycle of procrastination by encouraging you to take action without waiting for the "perfect" moment or plan.

5. How can I manage my fear of failure when taking imperfect action?

Embrace the idea that failures are learning opportunities. When you take imperfect action, acknowledge that mistakes may happen, and when they do, use them as a stepping stone to adjust your approach and improve for the next step.

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