August 22, 2017

Our Attitude Often Gets in the Way of Our Aptitude

Our negative attitudes about our skills puts us at a disadvantage. We sometimes don’t push ourselves because we feel we have to possess all the skills required before we can get anything done.

That’s simply not true.

Our aptitude for certain tasks needs to be developed but not at the expense of starting. In fact, the only way to really develop our skills is to push past our comfort zones and practice.

When we have this “can do” type of attitude, our aptitude will naturally follow.

This does not mean it will be easy or that we won’t fail. What it does mean is that we have to have the “try it” attitude as well as the “can do” attitude.

Some Skills Do Need Developing

Often, we do need basic training or skills development before we can do certain things. You certainly don’t want to fly a plan solo without the proper instruction.

That’s not what we are talking about here.

What this aha is saying is that once we have the basic skills, it’s up to us to move forward without hesitation and start doing.

Perfect is the Enemy of Good Enough

One attitude that I constantly run into is the perfection fallacy. I can’t tell you how many times I hear “I’m a perfectionist” or “It has to be perfect in order for me to consider it done.” Really. I don’t think so.

Let’s just dispel this right now.

Nothing will ever be perfect. It can’t be. It never will be. It’s impossible to even have that high a standard.

The perfection attitude is often a major reason why people don’t start — they just can’t let themselves release something that’s not “perfect.”

Sure, we can approach perfection but relying on achieving perfection is not a viable option. Just ask NASA. They have redundant system after redundant system because they know that perfection is impossible to obtain.

Ways to Take Action

  1. Call it beta: Beta is a great attitude to have. That means that you know it’s not done but want to release it anyway.

  2. Schedule iterations: Like beta, regular iterations will get you in the release mindset instead of the perfection mindset.

  3. Pick a date and stick to it: I like picking a release dates because it’s a focal point for “it’s time to ship.” Couple that with iterations and it’s easier to get over the perfection fallacy.

  4. Build in configuration and redundancy: A major part of the perfection fallacy deals with knowing all the knowns. You just can’t know everything up front. By building configuration and redundancy into your project, you can adjust when conditions change.


This aha is from my book, #ENDURANCE tweet Book 01— A Little Nudge to Keep You Going. The book is chalked full of mantras, sayings, words of wisdom and encouragements to help you get past your challenges so you can achieve your goals. If you found this aha inspiring or helpful, then I would appreciate your support by sharing it with a friend and/or purchasing a copy of the book. If you missed any past amplified posts, check out the #ENDURANCE tweet Amplified! page. Thanks for reading and keep enduring!