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.

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