Don’t Shave That Yak!
That might sound crazy right off the bat. It certainly did to me the first time I heard that expression. I came across it reading a blog post from Seth Godin. Below is how he explains Yak Shaving.
“Yak Shaving is the last step of a series of steps that occurs when you find something you need to do. “I want to wax the car today.”
“Oops, the hose is still broken from the winter. I’ll need to buy a new one at Home Depot.”
“But Home Depot is on the other side of the Tappan Zee bridge and getting there without my EZPass is miserable because of the tolls.”
“But, wait! I could borrow my neighbor’s EZPass…”
“Bob won’t lend me his EZPass until I return the mooshi pillow my son borrowed, though.”
“And we haven’t returned it because some of the stuffing fell out and we need to get some yak hair to restuff it.”
And the next thing you know, you’re at the zoo, shaving a yak, all so you can wax your car.”
An action is never perfect. If it was, then it was probably so far behind the time it was needed that it’s now irrelevant. Just start where you are and improve a little each time.
“I really want to get back to the gym.”
“But I don’t think I’m in shape enough to get right back to it. I should probably go do some running on my own before I get back.”
“Now I have this plantar fasciitis. I need to ice my calves and elevate my feet on a pillow.”
“This pillows a little too soft though. It needs more stuffing.”
and then before you even realize it you are shaving a yak.
Wash the car and figure out the hose thing later.
Book a No-Sweat Intro and your coach will help you figure out the rest as you go!