I struggle with perfectionism. If you're the kind of person who reads my blog, I suspect you probably do too. Most of the Great Procrastinators do.
For example: I want every blog post I write to be perfect. I go back and edit each post several times after it's published to get it "just right." I want to do good research, be witty and succinct, and make an excellent and compelling point. The task becomes so overwhelming and time-consuming that I end up abandoning it. I have five blog posts in my drafts folder right now that I won't even look at because I don't want to confront myself with the things I never finished.
Perfect is not only the enemy of good; it destroys it. Often, good never even gets to happen.
The irony is I tell people all the time that there is no perfect. Sometimes we can achieve a goal perfectly (for example: I will stand on my head every day this week.), but no human being can be perfect because it's too subjective. What a relief! If it is is absolutely impossible to be perfect, the pressure is off. Huzzah! And yet...five unfinished blog posts and only two posts published all year in both 2016 and 2017. I have abandoned more posts in the last two years than I have finished.
Does it sound like I'm beating myself up? It probably does, but that's not exactly it. It's more a wake up call: "Dude. You have let perfectionism hold you back from something you like doing and believe you're good at. What the what?"
November is #NaBloPoMo: National Blog Posting Month. The only requirement is to post one thing per day for the entire month and I'm going to try it. After watching some of my artistically talented friends complete #Inktober, I am inspired to meet a similar goal. I'm letting myself off the hook for writing the "perfect" blog posts in an effort to meet the daily goal...perfectly.
This November, let's all practice being perfectly imperfect. You don't have to write about it if you don't want to. :)