It is often surprising how common expressions that we use, and our parents use, are actually miss understood and limiting in their applications. For example, if you were to completer the following statement, what would you say? “Anything worth doing is worth doing …”.
If you are like most people, your answer would be, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”. After all, this is a common expression that you have used many times and you probable even heard your parents tell you many times that “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”.
However, if you take the time to consider what this common expression is really saying, you may discover that a belief such as “Anything worth doing is worth doing well” may be limiting your ability to achieve success in all areas of your life.
If you truly believe that “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”, how will you learn anything new? How will you ever step out of your current comfort zone? Is it reasonable to expect yourself to do something “well” that you have never done before?
Many people who believe that “Anything worth doing is worth doing well” describe themselves as “perfectionists” and are often afraid to do something different than they have always done because they might not do it well.
A more appropriate, and far more empowering, expression would be, “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly”. Yes, you did read that correctly, the word is “poorly”, not “well”.
Sales professionals, and independent business people, work in a rapidly changing business environment. It is your ability to adjust, and to differentiate yourself from the competition, that is critical to your success. Anyone who fails to make these adjustments will surely struggle in business.
When you try something new, it is unrealistic to expect yourself to do it “well” the first time. Regardless of what it is, you improve with practice, and eventually, you will be able to do it well. That is why it is more empowering to believe that “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly”. This empowering expression allows you the opportunity to do something poorly before you get more comfortable and eventually learn to do it well.
People who believe that, “anything worth doing is worth doing well”, are less likely to try something new. When you become preoccupied with doing something well, an anxiety develops around making mistakes.
When you believe that “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly”, you take the pressure off yourself and make it easier to try new approaches to achieving your results, and that is an empowering mindset. Are you willing to try doing something new this week, even if you do it poorly at first?