Listen, from a millennial here, I deeply understand the need to do the best we can at something, expect it to be perfect right away and when it doesn’t become an instant success, switch to something else that we may have better luck with. This mindset has caused countless “failures” in my past, all upon which I frequently reflect and wonder why I gave up so quickly. This mindset quickly leads to disappointment no matter what you are trying to achieve whether it is creating a new business, a blog, a new lifestyle, or anything else new you are trying to build, grow or change in your life.
Failure is scary. Point blank. There’s no sugar coating it. And in the day and age of social media where your every move is looked at or criticized, it’s easy to give up. Trust me, I have been there. I will share a little story with you. I have created 5 new blogs since I began in my early 20s – My Holistic Story, The Peace Table, Lauren Velluso (holistic skincare nutritionist), The Millennial’s Guide, and now The Eco Love Collective. None of them have been the raging success I thought they would be, arguably because I never put the amount of energy necessary into them that they needed. So to me, I would say I have failed. Let’s even look at The Eco Love Collective – when I say I am passionate about the environment, that is an understatement. Most days I wish I could pack up and live off the grid, as sustainably as possible while spreading my message of eco-friendly swaps and how we can save the environment. But I am often faced with unnecessary plastic and waste in every day life because that is just the world we currently live in. Sometimes I feel so defeated in an uphill battle that I do nothing because I think my voice doesn’t matter. So I end up doing nothing instead of the small things that this website requires me to do regularly to get my message out.
Do you ever feel like that too? Like you just want to give up because your all-or- nothing approach isn’t paying off as fast as you would like it to?
But. What if you didn’t give up? What if you tried again and again?
Progress Matters More That Perfection
The cold hard truth is this: no one is going to hold your hand and take you along the path to success (sorry millennials). No one wants your success or sees your vision as much as you do so no matter how many times you fail, you have to get back up and try again. Almost no one’s success is simply handed to them. People like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, JK Rowling and even Walt Disney had to face so many “no’s” in their lifetime but they persisted and look at where they are now success-wise.
So if you’re trying to grow a business- start somewhere and be persistent.
If you’re trying to be more eco-friendly – make small changes where you can, each and every day.
If you’re trying to lose weight – download an app, seek help from a professional, or start with adding more veggies in your day.
If you’re trying to develop a healthier relationship with your body – work towards it little by little every day.
No matter what you are trying to do, make small manageable changes and over time you will see results. It likely won’t happen right away and that is okay.
Progress will always trump perfection.