Believe me, I know! My lifelong struggle to attain it has gotten me, well, nowhere. There are things I’ve redone because they weren’t perfect and things I’ve never tried because I couldn’t do them perfectly. But I’ve learned that it’s okay if something isn’t perfect and, most of the time, I’m the only one who will know it’s not perfect.
This has come up again for me with this blog challenge I’ve been participating in. I’ve missed the last 3 days of posting and I was kinda freaking out about it, “oh no, I need to get caught up, now I need to write all 3 blog posts and get them up so I can catch up”. Not! In fact, the challenge topic for today is all about that. I know I’m not the only one who hasn’t kept up, it’s a statistical probability. So I’m okay with that, I’m not going to try to catch up, just start again from today.
I’m sure you know someone in your life, if it’s not you, who has or does struggle with perfectionism. Sometimes it’s okay to have that trait, it can help us to achieve our goals. But when it becomes obsessive, it can actually prevent you from attaining your goals because you hold back for fear of not being perfect.
Take fashion magazines for example, or for that matter, ANY magazine really. They present an image of beauty that is impossible to achieve because those people in the photos don’t really look like that either! It’s not just fashion magazines either, it’s fitness magazines, store catalogs, celebrity “news” magazines, they all do it.
So, the next time you struggle and procrastinate to finish that project because it’s not perfect, or you’re afraid it won’t be perfect, just DO it! It’s okay if it’s not perfect, because no one else’s is perfect either!