Danger of Perfect - Master Your Practice

Danger of Perfect

Perfect is somehow attached to our personalities. Wanting something to be perfect is not a bad thing. But when you are starting something new, you can’t expect perfect from the start. Remember how you were when you did your first crown prep or your first root canal or your first implant, you were far from perfect. But you learned and got a whole lot better. Instituting new actions, making changes is a lot like that.

It takes time, effort and disciplined action to get to the degree of result or expertise that you desire.

If you wait until some new action is perfect, you will likely make very few changes in your practice or go far too slow to create the positive effect you desire. Think of common turtle : it often gets crushed by cars for moving too slow.

There is also waiting for the perfect time. This is akin to wanting to go across town but waiting for the perfect time when all the traffic lights are green! That perfect time very rarely exists. If you do happen to hit the perfect time, it was more from luck than design. You make time workable even if it isn’t perfect.

Action Orientation

Just having a bias for action is a powerful characteristic. I call this action orientation. This is the quality of making decisions relatively quickly and acting on them. In World War II, General George S. Patton was very successful in outfoxing his opponent by his style of action that surprised them with its speed. He knew that acting on information quickly was a strategic advantage that left his enemies unprepared.

Acting on opportunities quickly gives you an advantage that comes simply by acting fast. It gets you “first in line” when others are still mulling it over.

Can you act too quickly? Sure. That can happen. More often the problem is one of moving too slow. Making a decision when all the facts that can be had are available can occur quickly. In some cases, you can’t get any more facts so you must rely on your experience and the available data. Waiting to decide serves no one when you have all the info that there is to garner.