Anything worth doing is worth doing…badly?

Female runner crossing race finish line in last place, friends are cheering, she is smiling.

You’ve heard the saying “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”. Well of course it is, but sometimes we don’t have to take life so seriously. “Doing it well” can easily be confused with doing it perfectly, which is very NOT necessary. Sometimes when you are trying something new and venturing out of your comfort zone, it’s going to be messy no matter how prepared you are. This of course does not apply to surgeons, NASCAR drivers, scuba divers, etc. I’m talking about you being hard on yourself.

I remember when I first moved to Italy and was starting to get a handle on the language. I had been going to church for a few months there with Italians when I was asked to give a prayer. I was petrified. The whole room quiet and focused on what I was about to say? No way! But eventually I got up the courage to give it a try, and it didn’t kill me. Nobody burst out laughing and then once the first time was done, everything got easier.

And so it is with many things in life. I think we feel enormous pressure to get things “right” all the time. Am I a good enough parent? Am I doing my best? Is my house clean enough? Am I sticking to my diet? All great questions for self evaluation, but sometimes you just have to jump in and start where you are and get a LITTLE better. Baby steps up Mount Everest, right?

If you set a goal to exercise five times this week and you exercise once, was it done badly? It’s all perspective. Some would say yes. Was it better than you would have done without setting the goal? Did it make you better? I think one exercise session compared to zero is excellent! Just wait for next week! It was WORTH doing badly. Get it?

Take a look at what you are waiting to tackle until you can get all your ducks in a row. It may be just fear in disguise holding you back. Jump in and go for your healthy, good goals. It doesn’t matter if you make a complete mess. Get that scary first time out of the way and it all looks better from there.

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