One of the things that are always against us, is ourselves. I say that as a perfectionist. Any perfectionist will tell you the same thing. It plays games in your mind. It paints this picture of what something should look like, but no matter what, you struggle to hit that goal..
Most of the time, you don’t even realize it. The result though is that you never click publish. You never produce that book. You never complete the work.
Once you can move past the idea of having things perfect, the better you can move towards completing your work. But how do you remove the barrier? How do you get yourself to get the idea of perfect out of your head?
I can remember countless times in my recent past, where I’ve stopped projects I was working on because I was looking for them to be perfect. Very good, worthwhile projects, that are just sitting, ready to be finished. But for some reason, I haven’t finished them.
I have this idea in my head of what I want them to be.
I can’t seem to shake the idea. it cripples me so much, that I just don’t complete them.
Have you been in this position before? Have you struggled with perfectionism? Here’s how I’m working to overcome it.
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Here’s the deal. Getting past the fact that nothing is ever going to be perfect, is incredibly hard for me. So I’ve found that in order for me to break it down, I need to have small tangible goals.
To start, I need to form a habit. This 30 days of clicking publish is forming a habit. I’m positive that these posts aren’t my best work. And I’m ok with that. The point isn’t to be the best writer, or be found via Google. The point it to form the habit. Once I do that, I can set a new goal.
That means that no matter what, Monday through Friday, I need to have a post published on my site. I need to click publish. I must click publish. Once I’ve got that down, I’ll move to my next goal.
Do you have struggle with perfectionism? Do you struggle with trying to feel that everything is perfect before publishing it? What are your tricks to overcoming that fear? How do you move past it?
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