For as long as I can remember I have been a raging perfectionist. And not the cute, “I-want-this-frame-to-hang-straight” perfectionist. I mean the whole “house-is-either-a-big-mess-or-I’ve color-coded-my-sock-drawer” kind of thing (and let’s be honest, it’s usually the first one).
I can’t even tell you how many times I have started a project, worked on it enthusiastically for a few hours or days, and then given up because I realized I can’t make it the best thing that’s ever been done. 😂 It’s like a little red guy with horns is in my brain and whispering, “If you can’t make this the most incredible thing ever in the history of the world then quit right now because you’re the worst do-er to ever do.” Can anyone else relate?!?
The problem is that that perfection? It doesn’t get me anywhere.
Perfectionism masquerades itself as all that is noble, right, and good. It acts pure and true, and full of the best of intentions.
But when the rubber meets the road, perfectionism becomes a dead weight that slows you down, keeps you second guessing yourself, and haunts your every move. It’s like having a bag of rocks tied around your ankles. Because no forward progress can be made if we’re constantly looking down and wondering if we’re on the right path to begin with.
Guys, WE’VE GOT TO STOP. (And I am 100% preaching to myself here) Stop writing and rewriting that blog post for the thirteenth time because it’s not quite good enough, stop hesitating over that one picture we really want to post on Instagram but it might not match our feed.
One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself? PERMISSION.
Give yourself the permission to do that one thing, to post that one post, to create that one dream. Set yourself free from the lie that tells you that if it’s not 100% flawless then it’s not 1% worth it.
Give yourself permission to grow, to create, to be. Because YOU are worth it. And you deserve more than half-finished projects and dreams that stay dreams.
Set yourself free. And remember this tonight:
DONE is always better than perfect.