Intentional Thinking Day 7: Do It Imperfect

When you visualize your best life, what does it look like? What does future you look like living your best life?

What’s stopping you from being that person now?

A few years ago, I went to go see Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty in theaters. For those of you haven’t seen it, it’s a movie about a somewhat heavyset woman with low self-esteem who gets a magical head injury that leads to a radical confidence boost. From there, she starts taking advantage of opportunities she would have considered herself too undesirable for before.

None of her outward circumstances change. Not her appearance. Not her skill set. Not her education. Nothing. She simply gains the mindset to put the skills and badassery currently at her disposal to work.

The movie’s message is pretty straightforward: confidence is the key to success. It’s cliché, even. Like most clichés, this message can be easy to dismiss. But what if you actually took it to heart? What changes could you manifest in your life right now?

How many times have you thought something along the lines of, “If I was [insert adjective], or if I had a [insert degree], then I would be ready to [insert goal]?”

Stop that. You have what you need right now. It’s okay if you don’t get it right right away. You’ll learn. It’s okay to be imperfect. Do it imperfect.

Don’t wait until you’re perfect to put yourself out there (you’ll be waiting forever). You can start acting like your best self now. Everything else will fall in line.

Challenge: Think about something you’ve put off because you feel unqualified in some way. Write down the steps you can take right now to meet that goal.

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