How will people share my post if they like it? If people don't share my post, how will others read it? If others don't read it, how will they be inspired? If they're not inspired, they won't continue to read my writing. If they don't continue to read my writing, I'll never succeed at this. If I'll never succeed at this, what's the stupid point? Sounds ridiculous right? Well, it was my reality. It didn't only affect the writing of my blog posts. I'm also in the process of revising my second manuscript. After this episode, it also went untouched for over a month.
Perfectionism should never be the goal because it's unattainable. Rather than pushing you to produce something amazing, it causes you to criticize and question every single thing you attempt to do. It causes me to procrastinate and at times, completely blow off my responsibilities, goals and dreams.
According to Brene Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to be and Embrace Who You Are, "Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis." I agree. So what can be done about it?
I've already read books and articles about this topic. I've watched and shared Youtube videos about it. Because finding and writing the complete and perfect answer to this question would cause me to stop writing this post, prevent me from posting it, make me feel guilty about not blogging for another month, and cause me to give up on my dream of being a full-time writer, I refuse to consult Google on this one. Instead, I'll give you the simple, imperfect answer. For me (for now), it's just doing it! Just whipping out my laptop and getting some words on the screen, proofreading 5 times instead of 20 and being completely content with what I've produced and happy knowing that I will improve over time.
I'd love to hear from you. Comment below (hopefully underneath those pesky, yet important, social media share buttons). Do you struggle with perfectionism? If so, how do you push past it to be productive?