3 Simple Steps To Real Progress

“If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.”


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“If a thing is worth doing,

it’s worth doing badly.” 

– G. K. Chesterton

It’s a meeting I’ve had often with private clients over the years. We’ll usually be discussing a habit they want to change or develop; or about a goal they’ve thought about lots but haven’t ‘attacked’ it yet and so nothing happens!

“I’m not great at x” (x = the new habit like delegation, self-talk, self-programming, mental clarity)

“I procrastinate about things like this” (a goal the person says is important)

Here’s a simple 3 Step Formula For Real Progress:

1. Identify what you really want to happen

  • What is your goal?
  • What does success look like?
  • What do you really want?

2. Dig into your Why/Motivation

  • Why is it important?
  • What difference will it make?
  • Is it in line with my/our values?
  • What are the specific benefits from achieving the desired outcome?

3. Start and Keep Moving, Even If It’s ‘Badly’…

If you’ve done the work on Steps 1 and 2 above this step is easier and it’s also where the above quote comes in. Too often people will stop when they hit the inevitable obstacles. We all know this but it’s my experience that even the best can get caught out with inner obstacles e.g. inner standards that don’t serve us, not believing we can do it, conflicting goals.

For sure being clear on your Why (step 2) helps a lot in the inevitable tough times. But for many perfection kills progress and most believe they need to be 100% ready before they can move. In my experience if you’re 60-70% ready, move. Obviously you want to execute at a high standard level but the key is consistency of action – without that you will never make progress.

If it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing badly.

Things like these are worth doing badly:

  • My health and fitness program…
  • Starting that book or project…
  • Recovering a relationship gone wrong…
  • Putting your time into where you give the most value @ work…
  • Putting time into this 3 Step Formula for key areas of your life and work

Too many ‘What ifs?’ are left on the trash heap of ‘wasted potential’ because of not being willing to do the right things badly.

What is on your list of things worth doing badly?

Is it worth your time considering…?



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