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Do you ever feel like you’re holding back on some of the things you’d like to do in your training business because you’re scared of making mistakes?

So often, business owners put off launching a new product, service, strategy or campaign because they want it to be perfect.

It could be that you don’t want your photo on your website because you’re hoping to lose weight, have better hair or buy some new clothes first.

Maybe you haven’t published that ebook you’ve been working on because you don’t think of yourself as a writer.

Then, of course, there’s that e-course, which is gathering virtual dust because it’s not as polished as you think it could be with time and resources.

I completely understand these fears.

It’s natural to worry about making mistakes and how people might judge you for them. I know that you want your offerings to the world to be as polished as possible.

But here’s why you shouldn’t let these thoughts stop you from taking action anyway.

Waiting for perfection doesn’t get things done

Wanting everything to be ‘perfect’ can quickly put you into a state of figurative paralysis. You can’t move forward or make any significant changes to your life or business if you’re waiting for a cast iron guarantee that you won’t make mistakes.

Sadly, such a guarantee doesn’t exist. Making mistakes is a fairly inevitable part of the human condition!

It doesn’t help that no-one really knows what perfection looks like. As a concept, it means something different to everyone so how will you recognise achieving it? Fulfil one person’s definition and you’ll disappoint someone else’s. Why waste time trying to do something that cannot be done?

I prefer to look at things another way…

Are mistakes really that bad?

I’m willing to bet that any successful business person you spoke to would tell you that they have made more than a few mistakes in their time. I’m also sure that some of them would be quite significant mistakes.

But the thing that these people have in common is the willingness to embrace mistakes as a learning tool.

A comparison that’s always helped me to view mistakes positively is remembering when my children were learning to walk. They didn’t get up and do it straight away. Before that all-important first step, they wobbled, they fell, they reached out for support. And with each so-called ‘mistake’, they learned what worked and what didn’t. Only then were they able to put one foot in front of the other and not fall down.

Mistakes are where we collect experience, in life and in business.

  • They help us to find out what works and what doesn’t for ourselves and for our audiences.
  • They develop our critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • They increase our confidence by showing that we can do something imperfectly and the world keeps turning.
  • They help us learn by doing.
  • We learn more from making a wrong guess than being given a solution because we see the direct impact of our decisions.

Above all, I think that when you’re able to embrace the idea of mistake-driven learning, it takes away the fear of failure. There’s something incredibly liberating about ditching the need to be perfect and just focusing on getting things done to the best of your abilities while recognising that you may make mistakes along the way.

Plus, when you’re required to find solutions in response to a mistake, it’s a great confidence booster because it shows you that you have everything you need inside to learn, grow and improve.

Many entrepreneurs embrace the mantra that ‘Good enough is good enough’. While peers are frozen in time waiting for things to be perfect, the willingness to make mistakes means you can move forward to new opportunities and greater success.

How willing are you to make mistakes in your training business? Are you someone who wants everything to be perfect or do you live by the advice, “Don’t get it perfect, get it done’? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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