Stop chasing perfection.
Perfection implies the action or process of improving something until it is faultless. To be perfect implies a requirement where your action or execution attains a level of excellence that cannot be topped.
Voltaire once said, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” In other words, instead of pushing yourself to an impossible “perfect,” and therefore getting nowhere, accept “good.” Millions of people are obsessed with perfection. This makes it almost impossible to make a decision without obsessing over every detail.
Seth Explains that “Perfect is the ideal defence mechanism. Perfect lets you stall, ask more questions, do more reviews, dumb it down, safe it up and generally avoid doing anything that might fail (or anything important). You’re not in the perfect business. Stop pretending that’s what the world wants from you. Truly perfect is becoming friendly with your imperfections on the way to doing something remarkable. While Waiting for Perfect, You’ve permitted magical to walk on by. Not to mention good enough, amazing and wonderful. Waiting for the thing that cannot be improved (and cannot be criticized) keeps us from beginning.
Seeking Perfection is a pursuit of seeking the worst in ourselves.
It’s the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough, that we should keep trying again, and again and again without getting it done.
Here’s an excerpt Brené Brown University of Houston research professor & author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers
“Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we’ll escape the pain of criticism, ridicule, judgment, and shame. It’s a shield. Perfectionism is a 20-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us, when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from taking flight.”
Version one is better than Version None
If you have countless ideas and projects that you’ve never started or never finished because they weren’t quite right, don’t repeat the same pattern this time round. Get it done and get it out there. You can always improve on the next version or the next release.
“Perfectionism is not the same thing has striving to be your best. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgement, and shame. It’s a shield. It’s a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from flight.”
The bottom line is It’s okay to screw up as long as you are willing to try again.
The most successful people screw up a lot. But they move on, knowing that at some point, the breakthrough will happen.
Dr. Amanda Barrientez writes about having a Screw Perfection Attitude. Anything you’re hesitating on and feeling fearful about, say, screw perfection and take one action step in the direction of realizing your goal. Trying to be perfect is an unconscious fear-based strategy that keeps you stuck in your comfort zone and playing small.
Free yourself from the fear of mistakes
When you follow your own true north you create new opportunities, have different experiences and create a different life. Don’t let the fear of making mistakes be greater than the excitement of getting things done and shipping.
Screwing up does not mean you will never, ever be successful. Trying and failing is better than doing nothing.
Making a mistake will not irreparably damage your credibility or reputation. Remember, being completely terrible at something is the first step to being pretty darn good at it.
So Screw Perfection!
Switch your mindset. Get out there, get things done, do your best and that’s good enough! Fall on your face, and make some mistakes! That’s how we learn and grow. Strive for progress not perfection! Just begin and out yourself out there.
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