What we are going to discuss hence-forth is something that we come across each day during the course of our lives.But we are often hit with this question, should we be perfect in doing everything that we do? Is it tangible to do so? Or are we just consuming ourselves towards a frustrating life trying to achieve something too hard.
We all have some or the other goals in life that are important to us. But it is our willingness and inner strength that drives us towards achieving our goals.
Since, our goals are so important to us, we often strive to achieve them in the best possible manner, thus we try to be more and more perfect in doing so. But before we do any such activity, there is an important question that we must ask ourselves first; Am I adding value to whatever it is that I am trying to achieve?
There is an interesting small experiment that is mentioned in the book named “Art & Fear” written by David Bayles and Ted Orland. I would like to share a paragraph from it which elaborates my theory precisely.
“The ceramics teacher announced that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.
His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pounds of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”.
Well, grading time came and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity!
It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work — and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat around theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for
their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.”
Make It Work
The first line of action to do anything in general should always be to get it working in the first place i.e. achieve the bare minimum for the first time. There is nothing more motivating then just seeing the first iteration of your theory working just as expected. This is where most people fail to understand why perfection is not the key to success. Why it is alright to commit mistakes for the first few times but still achieve something by keeping the wheel rolling in action.
It’s not just a music studio or an other art where repetitions matters and will eventually improve the final product. Whenever you put in consistent efforts and study from your mistakes, incredible progress is the result. This is why I try to publish one article every month. I am not sure which articles will turn out to be useful, but I know, by keep publishing someday I’ll hit right on the sweet spot and that is what my eventual target is. This also being a motivation behind my publishing.
You will be fairly surprised, but the same technique works for almost everything you want to achieve in life. From learning to cook, learning to dance, play an instrument, learn a different language or become a rocket scientist. If you try to be perfect from day one, you would fail, but if you set small achievable targets and iterate over them, then eventually you will attain great perfection.
It’s not the quest to achieve one perfect goal that makes you better, it’s the skills that are being developed by the amount of work that you are doing.
Repetitions are Important
When you look at your goals this way, you start to realize that setting up a mechanism for putting your repetitions is more important than choosing a target. Everyone wants to achieve success. And there is only one way to do it: put in your repetitions.
The goal is just an event — something which is totally out of your control and unpredictable. But the repetitions are what that makes the event happen. If you start to ignore the outcomes and then focus only on the repetitions, you’ll still get results. You will eventually have an outcome even if you ignore the goals and build habits.
“For instance, you want to learn a new language that you would want to master at some point in time. This is clearly your goal. Now you need to break it into smaller tasks and try to learn the basics of that language first.
To begin with you would learn, How to introduce yourself, Learn numbers in that language, How to ask for directions, How to perform monetary tractions while shopping, etc.
You keep practicing these little things again and again until you get the basics done, instead of learning the whole language first and then trying to go in the
real world to practice it. These are few pointers that will help you go up and running and will eventually motivate you to learn more”
These tips are not just important to achieve your life’s goals, but they are also very crucial in achieving your organizational level goals as well. If we try to do everything perfectly, then we would only achieve a few goals or we might not achieve anything at all.
Thus not following this approach not only scandalizes the whole development process but also jeopardizing the completion and the motivation of any individual.
So, forget about the goals this year. What is your plan for getting in the repetitions you need, is what is the key. What is your schedule for putting in a volume of work on the things that are important to you?