The Realization that Changed my Organizational Life Forever
Many things scare me: spiders, walking down a dark hall at night, my phone at 5% battery with no charger in sight.
But you know what scares me the most? Not having a plan.
Now, we could deep dive into the psychological factors that have created this fear, but let’s save that for my therapist.
This fear, however, is what has driven me to become an excellent project manager. I watch people over and over again come up against this fear that shows up in various ways: not taking the first step, not knowing where to start, or even not knowing where they are trying to get to. They get stuck and getting stuck sucks. So, what do we do?
I’ll let you into my secret that lets me beat this fear. Are you ready?
Nothing is perfect. NOTHING.
You can write a report, or create a graphic, or write a blog a million different ways and in those million different ways there are thousands that are just as good as the other—even great. But there isn’t a singular perfect one.
Does that scare you? It shouldn’t.
It should set you free.
When it comes to project management, unlocking this fear requires you to recognize that there are many paths to the same end. There are also many paths to a dead end. There are even paths leading somewhere totally different than your intended end and it might suck for a while.
So what—start over.
Or… it just might be better than you could have hoped for. When you stop trying to find the perfect path, you start to learn the ways in which you can uniquely build your own.
Don’t let your need for perfection stop you from moving forward. It’s a trap.
The best thing you can do is take an honest look at the areas of your life and business that are stressful and messy, and figure out what’s stopping you from cleaning things up. Does it feel overwhelming? Do you have this need to find the BEST way to get it done? Are you afraid of getting it wrong?
The only way to move forward is to take one uncertain, uncomfortable step after the next, until it starts feeling more natural. As you build momentum and realize there’s no need to fear imperfection, you’ll find it easier and easier to achieve the organization and progress you’ve been missing.
I hope you weren’t looking for the secret treasure map to project management. I know, it’s disappointing to learn there isn’t one. But it makes me feel better knowing there isn’t one.
There are many tools at your disposal. Google “project management” and you will have a list of 100 tips to try in no time. So pick one and try it. Then ask yourself, did this bring me joy? — No? Toss it. — Yes? Keep it. — Guess what? Either way you just took your first step.