How to Understand the Problem with Perfection
If you live with a limitation, perfectionism may be your biggest adversary. When you live your daily life with a limitation even the simplest task can be overwhelming and difficult. If you add in your desire to make everything perfect you may have just sabotaged any chance you have at success.
If you live with a limitation of any type, then you have to eliminate perfection from your life. That does not mean you are not doing your best at everything you attempt, but you understand when you walk away and say something it “good enough.” This transformation will not happen overnight, you will simply have to put one foot in front of the other. But you need to begin the process.
Here are 4 reasons why you need to eliminate perfection from your life in order to live a more extraordinary life and not sabotage your success.
1. Perfection is a Myth
You can never truly reach perfection. To think so is a lie as well as a myth. What you create and produce needs to be done well and given your all, but it will never be perfect. We live in an imperfect world, which is fine. This also means what we create will never be perfect. When we create, no matter if it is writing, painting, music, or business model, it is subjective. We are creating it from our point of view, based upon our tradition and background, and our likes.
Our creation will always rub someone else the wrong way, because their point of view, tradition, background, and likes can be vastly different from ours. It does not matter whether our creation was good, let alone perfect, it will offend, seem tacky, or down right awful to another individual.
Thus the idea of making our creation perfect is absurd, it will never be perfect, because our society and likes are not perfect. If you are striving for perfection is will be a beast you carry on your back throughout your creation process. The beast will not serve to advance your creation, but will weigh you down every step of the process.
2. It Will Never Be Perfect
If we can understand that perfection is a myth, then we must comprehend what we create will never be perfect. It needs to be great, it needs to be our best work, but it does not have to be perfect. For it will never be perfect. If you have ever poured your heart and soul into a project, you know there are always tweaks you can make in order to make it better. One more brush stroke, one more edit, one more note, or one more graphic for your presentation.
You can spend a tremendous amount of time in attempting to make your end product perfect. But under the realization you are only wasting your time instead of putting your product our there for others to use. Never get caught in the trap os using perfection as an excuse.
3. Perfection Can Actually Crush You
The weight of perfection is overbearing, oppressive, and can be extremely expensive. If you are constantly falling under the pressure of perfection, then you, and your dreams, will eventually be crushed. The creation process is much like climbing a mountain. Eventually you will reach the top. Even though it may have been a grueling and tiring trek you get there. But when you get the top there is not place to go but down. No matter how much effort you put into the climb, you are never going to climb any higher than your current position.
Achieving perfection can have the same effect. Sooner or later you need to come down off the mountain, because not matter how much more effort you put into your creation you will not make it any better. In fact you may be making it worse with constant edits, repaints, rewrites, or note changes.
This process will put you in downward spiral which will eventually crush you and your creation. When you concentrate too much on perfection, instead of your creation, then you begin to loose site over what you were creating in the first place. Once your thoughts move from the creation to perfection you know it is time to either stop or step away for a bit to regain perspective.
4. You will be more productive
When you spend your time laboring over the detail of perfecting your work, you are taking your focus and talents away from your next creation. If you can get to a point of knowing what you are working on is great, but not perfect, and be alright. Then you can move onto the next project, creations, or client.
If I had waited until my book, blogs, or podcasts were perfect, I never would have released them. I could always do another edit, make another change to the website, or tweak how the podcast sounded. There was always one more thing for me to do. It was far more productive for me to simply take the next step regardless of where I was in the process. Taking the step taught me more about the process and what I was attempting to accomplish than making sure the product I was engaging in was perfect.
Sometime you simply need to take the next step and see what happens. What can you learn from putting your content out there? This step may open your eyes to opportunities you never even dreamed. It will certainly clear up your space and time to be more creative and produce more content. But these will never happen if you never take the next step.
You need to break through the restraints of perfectionism. This may be the place where you find, and produce, your best work. If you are true raging sloth you do not have the energy to waste of attempting to make something perfect. You need to get it out there and keep moving forward.
How are you bound my perfectionism? What do you need to do drop perfectionism? What is the first step you need to take today in order to get your product “out there”? Take the first step today, or right down the date you will take that step and rigorously stick to it.
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