Are You a Perfectionist?

06 Dec Are You a Perfectionist?

Man measuring plank of wood.I have a friend who would rather do nothing at all than fail or make any kind of mistake.  She’s one of those dot every i, cross every t type perfectionists who will go over something a million times before showing it to someone else.  While I have four bestsellers under my belt and another at the publishing house, she has started four potential bestsellers only to scrap them because they just “aren’t good enough yet.” To me, that is a tragedy.

Are you paralyzed by perfection?

Let me clue you in on something: perfection does not exist. That means you can’t be the perfect person. You can’t live in a perfect world and there is no perfect time to pull the trigger on an idea. The pursuit of perfection has been the end of many great ideas and businesses.  Perfection is a toxic little offender that tries to insert itself into your daily life and wiggles around in there until it fills you with doubt about yourself, what you are doing and if its “good enough” to be seen by the world.

Repeat after me: It’s ALL good enough.

Think about one thing, just one, that you are trying to make perfect.  NO don’t try to come up with the perfect answer to that.  There isn’t one.  Just pick one thing.  Now that you have it, infuse it with Yes! Energy.  Is this good enough? Yes! Can I move forward? Yes! Will this be successful? Yes!

Action is a GIFT!

We have been put on this earth to do and create.  The pursuit of perfection steps on this gift, crushes it up into little pieces and renders it useless.  This isn’t because your gift is useless.  It’s because perfection as made it so.  It has turned the gift of action into the curse of inaction.

How many things are you NOT acting on right now?  In 5 Days to Yes! Energy, I walk you through possible causes of inaction. Perfectionism is one of them, but so is overloading yourself by trying to do it all alone.  Combine the two and you have the perfect storm of inaction.

Start Day One NOW!
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3 Comments
  • Stephen Marshall
    Posted at 15:24h, 06 December Reply

    Yes I have been hugely guilty of this very thing. I also think being full of self doubts you question yourself about things and then start to pick faults with everything you do. Always thinking it isn’t good enough, or who will read this or want that. I have been working vary hard to break this habit in myself and am in the process of writing an E-Book. I will not be doubting it, I will not be backing away from it, when I have finished it and it is ready, it will be published for people to download. I will not be backing out of this one as done that too many times in the past. As I watched Loral and Aussie Rob say, 80% is good enough. 🙂

    • Stephen Marshall
      Posted at 15:26h, 06 December Reply

      Although I must add, I haven’t asked for peoples views on it, because I know if I do and people give ideas or advice, I will probably walk away. So it is my words, my thoughts and mine alone. The advice I will be more than happy to receive once it is published and out there. I can not go back or back out.

  • Jimmiefadams
    Posted at 18:16h, 06 December Reply

    Thank you for this comment I think your talking directly to me. Im my own worst enemy. I have talked myself out of many things because of perfection. But no more. Thanks!

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