Shift the focus your goals away from perfectionist and superstar
Geniuses, superstars, and perfectionists don't rule the world. You may remember them the most, but they are not the workers that make the essential changes in business over time.
You rule: the average person who is capable of adapting and changing in order to survive and thrive.
Let me lift the burden of perfection that you have been living under. Take a deep breath.
You are liberated! You don't have to be the best, smartest, fastest, or strongest.
To be a successful human animal you must adapt slowly, effectively, and constantly as Darwin says in the image above:
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
Darwin presents a paradigm far different than the norm, which suggests that you need to find the one big idea to innovate and then pursue it with absolute focus. Incremental and small changes are the key to success.
This is the way that evolution works in nature, through small adaptations, and it functions in business as well.
Alan Krumholz, M.D., director of quality outcomes at the famous Mayo Clinic, says that "You need to focus on actionable opportunities," he said. "You can't cure hunger overnight."
Innovation requires a finite focus on actionable items, rather than chasing after one big solution to a huge problem.
Embrace the Evolving Human Animal You Are
Relieving yourself of the burden of perfection will actually make you more successful. This enables you to make more realistic goals that will make you successful or perfect one project.
The paradigm shift to small, incremental change
Gladys Edmunds in USA Today explains an example of this unique paradigm I describe. She says that after WWII:
Japanese companies created a management concept called Kaizen. The concept of Kaizen is to make small continuous changes and it includes everyone from the CEO to the janitors. The idea is that every aspect of your business can and should be improved.
As a human animal success comes through small adaptations as in Kaizen. Others describe this as: innovation, change, disruption, and advancement. But often, the goal of innovation is so large that nothing ever happens or changes.
Massive innovation lacks actionable items.
Change and large goals are best achieved by working on smaller innovations that lead to broader success.
However, people typically conceive of innovation as one big change that completely alters industry. You will be more successful by understanding success as a process of adaptation and evolution over time.
Stop looking for the one big idea that is going to revolutionize your blog or company, and focus on adapting everyday to the circumstances you confront. This involves small incremental changes in the way you operate, but the small adaptations lead to revolutionary innovation.
Example of incremental progress
One great quality Steve Jobs possessed was ability to encourage all workers to make small changes and progress in ways that eventually turn into revolutionary new methods and ideas
Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. ... Weâve got to make the small things unforgettable.
Jobs redefines the innovator, making him or her an average person making little changes consistently, rather than a rare genius.
Redefine yourself as an adapter rather than a failed genius
In blogging and small business the concept of focused changes is essential. Some ideas on how you can accomplish this include:
How have you used small changes to make dramatic improvements in what you do? Please share with us in the comment section.
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