I’ve been known to make mistakes in my work. The other day I got some feedback on a new book that I’m wrapping up and the person reading it loved the book, but then said it had lots of typos towards the end. Part of me cringed. But then I realized my willingness to be slightly imperfect enabled me to get this far with it. The reader even offered to edit it for me because she enjoyed the book. Most of us don’t even start because we think we have to be perfect.
If you take a look at my journaling software you’ll see that it’s filled with false starts, poorly written paragraphs, half baked ideas and other things that should never see the light of day. However they’re also the seeds for some of my best work. Sometymes those seeds are as simple as a sentence or a phrase. I’ll usually build from that into something more substantial.
However, we’ve been taught our whole lives that being imperfect is a bad thing. If you miss a problem or spell a word wrong on a test, it gets marked in red. Even when you get a A the site of a red pen makes you cringe. The results of course is our risk tolerance plummets as we get older. No more willingness to dance on the edge of failure…terrified by the idea of flying close to the sun. This is such a tragedy that causes so many brilliant people to believe that they’re not.
Nothing is Perfect When You Start
There’s a website called the Wayback machine. It allows you to see what a web site looked like 10 years ago. Take a look at what Yahoo looked like in the early 90′s. It was just a bunch of links. Nobody would have said “this is a billion dollar company” in the making. Sure it’s hit its demise. But in its heyday Yahoo was a big deal.
Something like B.A.S.I.C. Becoming A Soldier In Christ Training –Finding Your Kingdom Assignment Through Military Strategies (which is still imperfect) starts as nothing more than a sentence. I started 2011 with the intention of writing a self published book in a years tyme. The more I worked on it, the more I started to hate it. Something just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t a “hell yeah” feeling every single time I looked at it. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “your feelings are a GPS system for life”. So I trusted my intuition and abandoned the idea for my book.
But I wasn’t willing to give up because I knew there was something there, and eventually what emerged was B.A.S.I.C. Becoming A Soldier In Christ Training. Today I’m proud to share it with you that it’s completed but still not prefecto! But I am truly satisfied with the end result. If I was afraid of my mistakes I’d never put myself in the position to even experience that many people reading my work. Does everybody love it? I have no idea. There may be people that completely hate it. That’s ok.
It’s only in the willingness to be slightly imperfect, and realizing our flaws make us original that we can create from within and share our truth with the world. Once you become ok with at, it’s the most liberating thing in the world. You stop second guessing every word you write. You publish things that you know people might vehemently disagree with but other people will absolutely love. You find the tribe, the army, and the people who become friends for life. I’m so damn far from perfect, it’s almost funny.
- I talk too much (on occasion).
- I watch movies that most people think are terrible and love them.
- I become COMPLETELY obsessed with things I love (like cooking).
- I find my foot in my mouth on numerous occasions (just ask my wife or closest friends)
The brand of faith I was living on did not produce the kinds of results in my life that I read about in the biblical stories of men and women of faith? Not even close!God showed me in his word and through others i.e. (my wife, my battle buddy Duker & other inner circle friends I’m blessed with). But it doesn’t have to stay that way. I realized I had to DREAM BIGGER. START SMALLER. AND IGNITE GOD’S VISION FOR MY LIFE.
I had to ready myself to open my imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater? This is me in all my glory…(if you want to call it that). When you can find that in yourself, maybe, that’s when magic starts to happen.