I am a recovering perfectionist.
(I write of this often.)
One of the most helpful tools I have learned to use to work with this -ism is the following mantra:
“Done is better than perfect.”
― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Boy, has this helped me make great strides.
Before this quote found its way into my psyche, I would procrastinate out the wazoo, or sit on and spin out over a project, desperate for it to be “complete” enough to put in the public eye.
Problem was, nothing was ever “good enough” to be complete.
It was hard at first, but by now, I am much better at just getting it done and out there. Through practice, I am learning the value of getting it done and letting it go.
I can always make changes and improve later.
Better done than perfect. Because perfect never comes.