Perfection: Why You Should Stop Trying

imperfect alarm clock doesn't care about perfectionTime doesn’t wait for perfection. Time has got other things to do while you hem, haw, tweak, plan, and strategize.

You see, I haven’t written much lately because I haven’t felt very inspired. And, in spite of writing a recent article encouraging you to stop caring what people think, my not feeling inspired is really code for: I didn’t have anything that I thought was good enough. Oh, the hypocrisy! I needed a strong kick in the pants and a good talking to.

One of my favorite bloggers, Darren Rowse, coincidentally posted a very interesting article yesterday, How to Make Your Blogging Dreams Come True. It was just what this perfectionist needed to hear. His advice could be applied to any dream or project and I highly recommend reading it if you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed.

If I can’t do something with absolute perfection, then fuhgettaboutit. But Darren pointed out that you can’t wait for the perfect set of circumstances to launch some new idea. You can’t wait for your creative idea to be in its perfect form. That time will never come. Just do the best you can right now. You will learn from your mistakes and make things better in the future.

Take small steps. Taking small steps towards your goal creates movement in your life and any movement, despite how minuscule or imperfect it is, is better than just stewing in your own wanna-be dreams.

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

Striving for perfection will only hinder you from reaching your goals.

Whatever project you’re dreaming about starting, there will never be a “right time.” Don’t wait until you’re more prepared, more skilled, more informed, or better looking. The time is now!

3 thoughts on “Perfection: Why You Should Stop Trying

  1. Jamie Rousseaux

    Something I’ve read from one of the writing books along the way… if you can’t quite get yourself to start writing something, it can help to start out as if you are writing a letter to a very good friend. Imagine that is the only person who will read it. Without the pressure of thinking it’s going to be read by a bunch of people, your mind is tricked into letting go and being more flexible – you also come away with an genuine tone that is natural for readers.

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    1. Cube Girl Post author

      Great idea! I sometimes start writing as if it’s to a diary or not going to be read by anyone, but it’s publishing it that I find myself trying to perfect it. Next time I’ll try just publishing it for a friend. 🙂

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