I learned a fabulous technique the other day from Mastin Kipp.
The concept is CIA - Constant Imperfect Action.
CIA is the key to success.
If you consistently take imperfect action, you will become successful and you will grow.
This is the opposite of waiting to do things until the moment is perfect.
How do you know when is the right time to take imperfect action?
Use your fear as an indicator.
Most of the time, our fears are trying to protect our ego.
When we feel fear, most of the time that’s a good sign of a growth opportunity (unless it’s real danger like being on a cliffs edge).
The other day I walked into a coffee shop and took a seat next to a cute girl. I noticed by fear of talking to her, and knew that’s what I needed to do.
I struck up a conversation, chatted for a few minutes, and that was it. She left and seemed uninterested. I wasn’t discouraged, because I had done the hard thing of pushing my comfort zone with imperfect action.
Shortly thereafter, I saw another cute girl outside the coffee shop with a bunch of friends.
I wanted to meet her, but fear starting talking.
“Don’t go talk to her. She’s with her friends and doesn’t want to be bothered. And is she even that pretty?”
Thoughts like that dominated my mind, and I didn’t end up taking action. I didn’t do CIA. And I missed an opportunity to, at the very least, expand my comfort zone.
CIA isn’t perfect, and sometimes fear wins the battle.
And that’s why it’s a battle. Every day you have to fight your fears in order to grow.
Don’t be discouraged when you don’t achieve victory (like me in this case). Stay optimistic, and be on alert for the next opportunity.
Think about why you want to chase that opportunity, even when it scares you.
For example, rather than thinking about if she would reject me, I could have framed it as an opportunity to expand my comfort zone so that one day in the future I’d be more comfortable to talk to people in a way that would help me spread world peace.
This post feels all over the place, but guess what? I’m gonna post as is.
That’s imperfect action.
Be consistent in your imperfect action.
Thanks for reading,