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The Case for Imperfect Action

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Suddenly everything is different. Our lives have seen radical change virtually over night and while we do not know where things will lead, the one thing we can be certain of is that we must change too. Ready or not, we are all now becoming our own Change Managers.


A basic rule of Change Management is that acting fast is essential in dynamic situations. But for many of us, this is not a natural impulse. With much still unknown, shouldn't we wait? When the stakes are high, isn't it important to get things right?


This is the case for imperfect action.



The worst course of action is no action at all


In a dynamic world, change is a fact. Standing still when things are moving guarantees that you will be left behind. This is no cause for panic. All it takes is a few deep breaths to calm the parasympathetic nervous system and a fist step. Almost any action allows you to find out what does and does not move you in the right direction. Make adjustments accordingly and keep going.


Action defeats doubt


Once a path becomes apparent, do not let doubt deter you. When you begin doing something you will see that you can. As with anything in life, taking action becomes easier the more you practice it. Never ignore a powerful gut instinct. But when it is just jitters, doubt is more reason to act not less!


There is no perfect action only perfect effort


Along your change journey you will make mistakes. You will realise that something could have been done differently to produce better results. These are instances to learn the lessons that present themselves to you- and move on. There is no need to dwell on mistakes. Strive for progress instead of perfection and you will soon find yourself ahead of the curve!

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