You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great
~ Zig Ziglar
Well, that didn’t work – not what I had in mind anyway when I got up super early to try some new stuff that had taken a fair amount of plotting, planning and prep – My heart sank when I realised what I’d been trying to do hadn’t exactly gone according to plan…
In fact, it ruined my day and I don’t mind admitting I felt downright despondent. I’d finally decided that enough was enough, it was time to stop thinking about doing something, time to stop waiting until there was a perfect time to get started and just get on with the task in hand and see how it rolled – However, technology let me down – or rather, Me not knowing how something worked properly let me down.
Nearly 12 months ago I signed up for a bit of software – it wasn’t cheap but neither was it so expensive it would force me to start using it straight away – I was full of good intentions, planned on using it for all sorts of amazing things, for Welshot and The Kiwi Social but it was one of those things, you know, you have to do this before you do that, and you have to do that before you do this and the days led into weeks, which led into months which, by the time I was leaving for San Diego to attend the Social Media Marketing World conference I still hadn’t learnt how to use this video software. I even took Welshot on Wheels with me to San Diego, full of good intentions to finally get a handle on creating content of a different kind.
Still didn’t happen – and I made all sorts of excuses, some valid, some not so valid. I’ve noticed a pattern in how I work when it comes to technology – if I don’t know how to do something, or I don’t know how to make it work, or event where to start – I procrastinate and procrastinate big time at that.
I even have a tendency to buy more kit, more software, books and even purchasing online courses – thinking by some small miracle I am going to learn by osmosis rather than JUST sitting down and getting on with it.
I also have a bit of an attitude – “If I can’t do it right, do it perfect then I don’t want to do it” but life is not like that – you can’t expect to just know how to do something without putting the hours of practice in, whether this is learning your camera or decorating cakes. According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at anything and here I was beating myself up about not getting something right when I’d only just started THAT Morning (after only two practice runs the day before)
Not only had I just started but I was jumping into something that was far more complex than just pushing a button which needed a lot more practice and testing – no wonder it didn’t work…
I decided that day to just switch the computer off, press the re-set button and take some time out. I also gave myself a stiff talking to – about not being so hard on myself but also, if I wanted to achieve my technology ambitions, I have to set aside regular time to learn, practice and create some not so perfect content to begin with before I can go onto win those BAFTAS 😉
So, my disaster, while it may have been frustrating (and a little embarrassing – cos I don’t do things by halves, I was in fact doing a Facebook LIVE while using said technology) is not a complete waste of time and effort because I HAVE now, actually started and if I get back on the horse it is only going to get easier and better as I go on.