I have a habit of striving for perfection before putting my work into the world. It’s funny to say that, given I don’t think of myself as a perfectionist. Yet there it is.
The problem with this behaviour is that it makes it difficult to get anything done. I’m so busy trying to be perfect that anything I do takes longer than it should. It also means I’m less likely to ask for help in busy times.
Initially, I tried solving this problem by working harder. But unfortunately, all that did was increase my stress levels.
What I know is that perfection isn’t possible. No matter what, I know I’ve done my best, and that’s all I could ask of myself.
Truthfully, it’s a relief to forget about trying to get things right.
The next time you find yourself churning and trying to make things perfect, tell yourself: “Whatever happens is the only thing that could.”
You’ve got this.