When we step out and go for what really excites us, what we can truly invest our heart into, we are naturally increasing the love we feel towards ourselves and the world. This stepping out requires a willingness and a surrender to the risk of stepping out imperfectly.
Yet us humans often hold ourselves back from going for what we want because we focus on the mistakes we might make along the way, how we might appear foolish or unpopular, how we might fail. In other words, the fear of not getting it perfect becomes a trap that keeps us from going for our truest potential and sees us buying stock in false outcomes that haven’t actually occurred.
I write this because for most of my life I was that person who spent many of my waking hours working hard to convince myself of all the reasons why it wasn’t prudent to go for what I really wanted in life. These “reasons” accumulated each day to build and reinforce stronger and stronger mental walls isolating me from the life I truly wanted to live.
I became unhappy in the cage of limitation that I had created for myself. I noticed that in my unhappiness I became unhappy and bitter towards others and towards life itself.
My dream for this world is for everyone in it to allow themselves the freedom of becoming more comfortable with being imperfect as they move in a direction they love. Building a habit in place of a wall, momentum in place of a stall, endeavoring to move in a direction they love that will cause them to rise to the magnificent occasion of their lives, bringing out the very best in themselves and, by extension, others.
Allowing the possibility of imperfection is essential to every level of success.
This is why I wish to give as many people permission to do their Imperfect Best as I can in my lifetime. May “do your imperfect best” take root in enough hearts to form a movement that continues for thousands of years after I’m gone.
JASON FREEMAN is a Professional Speaker and the proud owner of a Speech Impediment. He is also the author of “Awkwardly Awesome: Embracing My Imperfect Best” and a Perseverance Coach.
He excites and encourages his audience to break through the barriers of their own limitations using a method he created, called “doing your Imperfect Best ™”.
His Imperfect TEDx Talk can be viewed here.
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