The first presentation Steve Jobs did was likely not very good. The first time Wayne Gretzky or Sidney Crosby stepped onto the ice with ice skates, they likely fell down. Messi misses more than he scores. Most ads, sales calls, marketing pitches are unsuccessful more than 50% of the time. The first time we all tried to walk, we fell.
No one starts perfect. In fact, no one reaches perfection. There is always room for improvement. Even the figure skater or diver who receives a perfect score (all 10s) from the judges, gets up the next day and practices again and again and again. There is no over night success.
You and I are no different. We have to be bad at something first before we can get good at it. And sometimes the ‘bad’ period lasts a long time, but even then, when you compare how you started to now, you will see progress.
Don’t expect or demand perfection. Aim for improving 1% every day (at the end of one year, you’ll be 37 times better than we you started). Aim for the growth mindset; stop thinking this is who I am or I’ll only do something if I know I’ll succeed or be perfect.
Do the work. Start today.