When you set a goal for yourself, like starting a diet or a new business, it is easy to look at someone else who has accomplished that goal and then try to learn from them.
In most cases, this is incredibly useful. Learning from the successes of others is a great way to accelerate your learning and create a roadmap for yourself.
However, there is a problem with this approach. The problem with observing someone who is at their peak, accomplishing whatever it may be, is that they make everything look easy. It is often not easy to get to their level of success and experience right out of the gate. Many times people think they can’t even start until they have reached a high level of expertise. If you are not mindful of this, you can find yourself in a state of analysis paralysis or just plain procrastination.
It is crucial to prioritize progress as opposed to perfection when working towards your goal. Do not deviate from tried-and-true strategies, but do not procrastinate waiting for “ideal/perfect” scenarios.
An example could be that you might get stuck on needing the “perfect” website if you are starting a business. While a website is a great asset to have, and having a nice one is an asset, |the difference between a great website and a beginner website is unlikely to make much difference in your initial success. So, rather than spend time and money to get it perfect, why not just buy a simple templated site? Then just pop in some basic information, and get on to the business of finding clients. You can always improve your website later after you have some cash flow and have identified things that should be included.
Another common mistake people make is spending way too much time worrying about getting their office in order, the accounting system set up, and other items that are not critical to success. Rather than worry about all that meaningless stuff, focus on action.
Get out and start working the business and fill in the other blanks later. Sure, you will make some mistakes. But learn from them, and move on to the next opportunity. Action ALWAYS beats analysis.