Episode #72 Progress Over Perfection
Sometimes the size of our goals is the greatest barrier to achieving them. This week, Dr. Michael Brown is joined by first-time guest and Three Words Podcast producer Greg Jenkins as they re-evaluate whether pursuing the best is actually best.
I’m going to write a song every week. Now here’s the stipulation: it doesn’t have to be good. I’m gonna write, maybe, a bad song every week. What I care about is that it’s finished and that it’s recorded.Greg Jenkins
- Perfectionism is poisonous when it leads to paralysis.
- A dream without an actionable step that we could take today is likely not doable.
- As human beings, we will never achieve perfection.
- The first step to achieving every goal is, simply, the first step.
- There are benefits to pursuing our goals even when we are unable to accomplish them fully.
- We can’t always control whether we make it to the destination, but we can always make choices that bring us closer.
- Even if we do reach the destination, we may discover if we keep moving forward that we can go even further than we initially intended.
- Better is the pathway to best, and the most important choice is the very next one.
- Whenever you find yourself thinking, “I could never do that,” instead consider what steps you can take.
- Don’t feel guilty about adjusting your goals when it becomes clear that they are out of reach.
- Narrow your biggest and most overwhelming goals into smaller, bite-sized decisions that you can make each day.
In This Episode
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Don't Overthink It
Although in varying degrees and in different dimensions, most of us are overthinkers. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and first-time guest Jake Thompson encourage us to stop wondering about the past and worrying about the future.
Write A Book
We have so much in our hearts and minds to offer the world, if only we will take a leap of faith by putting pen to paper. This week, aspiring author Dr. Michael Brown sits with writing coach Amy Seiffert for a helpful dialogue about legacy, proactivity, and the willingness to lean into imperfection.