Do you allow your perfectionist ways to stop you from achieving your goals? Do you stop yourself from finishing something because it’s not perfect and just not good enough?
You probably already know this, but I want to remind you just in case you’ve forgotten. Perfection doesn’t exist. It’s something we make up in our own mind based on our high standards and unrealistic expectations. No one and nothing is perfect, everything and everyone is flawed and that’s ok. This is actually what makes us uniquely us.
Stop hiding behind the perfectionist mask
What perfectionism actually is, is fear. It’s our fear of not feeling like we or our work are good enough and being afraid to be seen. So, what do we do? We hide behind this excuse that we are a perfectionist and will only release something when it’s perfect.
I live by the motto done is better than perfect because I know that in order to learn, grow and progress, we must do, we must take action, make mistakes and learn from them and then try again.
We get better at what we do through constantly taking action. No one produces their best work or creates the best product within the first go. You must experiment and refine! This goes back to us believing that an overnight success actually exists, that someone just puts out the perfect work or product and became an instant success. This doesn’t work nor does it exist. I can assure you, that that ‘overnight success’ was working really hard behind the scenes, takings lots of action, making lots of mistakes and refining their work.
Take action & refine
Now I’m not saying don’t have any standards and don’t worry about the quality of your work. Of course, we want to be producing good quality work that provides our audience, client, employer etc, with lots of value. But producing quality work can be achieved by taking action and doing the work rather than constantly fretting about every single detail that doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.
So today ask yourself, in which area of my life am I using perfectionism as an excuse for not starting? Then write down one thing you can do today to just start. Rip that band aide off baby! Post that Instagram photo, write that job application, start that project you’ve been dreaming about for months. You just have to take the first step and learn through doing and experience.
Time to stop hiding behind the perfectionist mask and just go for it.