I have had issues with perfection all my life. It is the one thing that so often stands between me and something I really want. Thinking, feeling that it should be perfect. That it, that I, will be of less value when it isn’t.
This strive for perfection most often leads to endless procrastination. I feel I need to know everything about a job, a task, a project before I can even begin working on it. So I read, and research for so long until I forget what I was trying to do in the first place.
And when a project develops into something that I might not consider to be perfect, it usually results in another round of endless procrastination, and even the total abandonment of that project.
I know this about myself. I know that wanting perfection is my biggest enemy. Perfection kills my creativity, my courage, my enthusiasm.
When I started blogging way back when, I didn’t know the first thing about blogs and blogging. I had only read a few and had no idea about the possibilities and opportunities it could bring. I just felt I wanted to have a blog. So I made one. A Dutch Blogspot blog with one of the standard templates available then. I didn’t even have a clue on how to make that blog look nice, let alone add a header to it.
I only figured out how to add a textbox in the sidebar. So I did that. I added three quotesthat I wanted to have around for inspiration. Quotes that would encourage me to enjoy this new process, that would help me get over being too self conscious and that reminded me that this was fun.
I still love these quotes:
“””Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
“It doesn’t have to be perfect, to be beautiful”.
Yup I had the Nester’s famous quote up on my blog from the start. Nesting Placehad been one of the few blogs I had found at that time and I was a big fan. I didn’t know if it was ok to add a quote like that to my sidebar (this was before blog buttons, and I am not even sure this particular line was part of her personal brand yet). So I emailed the Nester (I didn’t have Maya’s email address and Mae would hardly protest ) asking her if it was ok.
She came round and commented on my blog (I had only written 10 posts at that time, most of them in Dutch)!
That famous Nester line has been a true mantra for almost any project I have done. I have mumbled it to myself so often: ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect, just get on with it already’, ‘it will be beautiful, just finish it’, ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect, to be beautiful/ worthy/ fun/ blogable’.
I still need those words almost every day. Mumbling my mantra is the one thing that can break my cycle of indecision, endless procrastination and fear.
Because after all those years of blogging, endless lists of projects and a thousand plans I have learned one thing:
Striving for perfection only leads to endless procrastination,
Endless procrastination makes you perfect in one thing only: procrastinating.
Thank you, dear Nester, for giving me the words that give me courage with every project I start and help me finish them as well. And for inspiring this 31 Days of Getting Things Done!
So have you met the evil twins? And which one is your worst personal nemesis? Or have you found a way to kick those two to the curb? If so, please share your secret.
I am writing a series of 31 days to Get it Done! You can find all the posts in this series here.
On the first day I explained in detail what this series is about and what I am going to do, find that post and all the posts since then in order here.
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