Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.

Dear Friends,

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.
That's right, doing poorly.

I know we've all heard that anything worth doing is worth doing well or right or good.

We were told this by our teachers in class to improve our penmanship; our parents to improve our homework; our coaches to improve our play; our instructors to better our lessons; our Pastors, Priests and Rabbis might have said this to better our prayer and religious studies and maybe even your spouse has said these words to you.

Chances are we heard "anything worth doing is worth doing well" from just about anyone in authority in an attempt to help us to better whatever we were doing at the time.

The irony is that these 7 simple words are one of the most disabling thoughts we can say.

It de-motivates us the older we get.


We tend to think that if we can't do it well, than we shouldn't do it at all.

And we do just that.
We do nothing.
We don't attempt new things because we may not do it right and could embarrass ourselves by trying.

We are subconsciously reminded of all the caring and supportive people in our past who said "anything worth doing is worth doing well."

They didn't mean any harm by it, but it does harm you.

So, when you're introduced to a new idea, a new learning, you may think that you're too old to learn, too set in your ways, too tired, too scared you'll fail, or too afraid you'll look stupid if you try something new.

Let's reframe this old saying into something more proactive and creative.

Anything worth doing is worth doing, poorly at first, and then again, still poorly, and then a little better, and then even better until you feel accomplished and comfortable with your learning of something new.

Remember theses words "there is no such thing as failure, it's only feed back"

I am reminded about an article about Madonna that I read a few years ago. She wanted to play guitar on stage at her concerts. She had the highest ticket price of all performers and I suspect could probably do what ever she damn well pleased.

The problem was she didn't know how to play guitar. She took lessons, and began and started playing, poorly at first, and then a little better, and then even a bit better.
Until one year later she played on stage at one of her concerts as if she'd been playing for years.

Life is an adventure.

The interesting part of all this is the people who excel in business the fastest are the ones who try things quickly after hearing a new idea.

They, without knowing what will exactly happen, put things into action.

I've heard it said this way, "the insecure way is the secure way."

I usually finish my training program with this question.

What is the single most important characteristic of a high achiever?

There are so many right answers like:

self discipline

As well as many more great, insightful and very valuable qualities and characteristics of a high achiever.

The single most important quality of a high achiever is "Speed of Implementation."

It is the speed in which you hear and learn something new and attempt to experience the new learning. It's your ability to act quickly on what you've learned even if you do it poorly, at first, but to experience what you learned.

The human intellect is significantly expanded through the experiential learning of a new idea.

Those who possess the "Speed of Implementation" not only learn faster and experientially they improve, innovate and assimilate new practices into their word patterns and create new productive habits.

Some people hear an idea and have to study it, play with it and surgically dissect it in order to see how it works and what they have to do to get ready to try something new.

As Tom Peter's once said "Ready, Fire, Aim."
Today's markets change quickly.

One of the companies I've been working with over the past few weeks has a number of individuals who by the end of each training day implement new ideas into their database, personal marketing and referral business strategy.

They put new learning's into action quickly and are responsible for elevating the collective talents throughout the company.

It's a pleasure to watch and be part of.

They Just Do It! They Play Big!

You guys know who you are. Kudos to all.

"Speed of Implementation" is contagious.

It is the single most important quality of high achievers.

You have heard me say it before... Referrals are all about relationships.

And the most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves when it comes to our own learning and development.

So, no matter what you learn, from whom you learn it, or even how you learn, the speed of implementation is the one quality that will leverage all the rest.

Thanks for spending 3 minutes with me...
The best is yet to be!

On Your Team
Jeffrey Stanton ITI, CLC, CNE, CSSN, WOW
Your Trusted Advisor For Life

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1 comment:

Niko Alexopoulos said...

ABSOLUTELY TRUE!>>>>Create a train reck and then clean it up. Start doing something no matter how bad you do it, at least you are on your way.....then slowly perfect it and clean it up to the point of perfection!

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