Jessica Fish

Do you ever find yourself obsessing over the tiniest details, triple-checking your work, and spending hours perfecting a project only to feel like it’s never quite good enough? If so, you might be a perfectionist like me. While striving for excellence is admirable, being a perfectionist can actually hold you back and prevent you from achieving your goals…I know this all too well! The good news is that there is an art to letting go of perfectionism and moving forward. In this post, I’ll explore practical tips and strategies to help you overcome perfectionism and get things done. Whether you’re a writer, artist, or entrepreneur, anyone can benefit from learning the art of letting go.

Recognize The Problem

Before you can begin to overcome your perfectionism, it’s important to recognize that it’s a problem in the first place. Take a step back and evaluate your behavior. Do you spend an excessive amount of time on tasks? Are you constantly worried about making mistakes? Do you hesitate to share your work with others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then perfectionism may be holding you back.

Perfectionism can take many different forms and may not always be easy to spot. It can disguise itself as attention to detail or a desire for excellence. However, when taken to the extreme, it can become a hindrance rather than a help. By recognizing that perfectionism is a problem, you can begin the process of letting go and moving forward.

Next, it’s important to dig deeper and understand the root causes of your perfectionism. This will help you to develop more effective strategies for overcoming it. I know my triggers, but still fight with my brain daily on this. 

Understand The Root Causes

To truly let go of perfectionism, it’s important to understand where it comes from. For some, it stems from a fear of failure or a need for control. For others, it may be linked to past experiences or expectations placed upon them by others…that would be me. By identifying the root causes of your perfectionism, you can begin to address them head-on and develop a plan to move forward. This shift in mindset is crucial for breaking the cycle of perfectionism and allowing yourself to make progress instead of striving for unattainable perfection.

Shift Your Mindset

Perfectionism can be a tough habit to break, but it’s not impossible. One of the best ways to take control of your perfectionist tendencies is by shifting your mindset. If you’re always striving for unattainable perfection, you’re never going to be satisfied with your work. You need to change your perspective and start focusing on progress instead of perfection.

This sounds easier said than done, believe me, but it all starts with recognizing that perfectionism is not a healthy way to approach your work. It’s okay to have high standards, but when those standards become unattainable, they can hold you back. Instead of beating yourself up over every little mistake, give yourself permission to make mistakes and learn from them. Embrace the fact that you’re human, and no human is perfect.

Another useful mindset shift is to reframe your failures as opportunities for growth. When you experience setbacks or make mistakes, it can be tempting to give up or feel discouraged. But instead of dwelling on the negative, try to see the situation as a chance to learn something new. Ask yourself what you can do differently next time, and use that knowledge to improve your work in the future.

Make A Plan

Now that you’ve recognized the pitfalls of perfectionism and how it’s holding you back, it’s time to take action. In order to do that, it’s important to create a plan that focuses on progress, not perfection. Setting realistic goals is important because it allows you to make steady progress towards your ultimate objective. Break your goals down into smaller, more manageable steps that you can tackle one at a time.

As you accomplish each of these goals, take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate your progress. Even small steps in the right direction are worth recognizing and celebrating. By focusing on growth instead of perfection, you can make real progress towards your goals without being held back by an unattainable ideal.

The act of making a plan puts you in control of your own success. Instead of constantly worrying about what could go wrong, you’re actively taking steps to move forward. And once you start seeing progress, you’ll be motivated to push yourself even further.

So take the time to create a plan for yourself, and allow yourself to shift your focus towards progress. Because the truth is, progress is often more valuable than perfection. With a clear plan in place, you’ll be ready to take action towards achieving your goals.,

Take Action

The key to overcoming perfectionism is taking action. It’s easy to get caught up in the planning and preparation stages, but eventually, you have to take the first step. Creating a plan is essential, but it’s not enough. You need to put that plan into action.

Taking action is all about momentum. Once you start making progress, you’ll be motivated to keep going. And the more you accomplish, the more confident you’ll become in your ability to get things done. It’s a domino effect that starts with one small action.

Remember, progress is more important than perfection. You don’t have to get everything right on the first try. Sometimes you just need to dive in and figure things out as you go. You’ll learn more from your mistakes than you will from waiting for everything to be perfect.

So, take action. Start small, but start somewhere. Whether it’s making a phone call, sending an email, or writing the first page of your book, take that first step. Celebrate the progress you make, and keep moving forward.,

Celebrate Progress, Not Perfection

It’s common to get caught up in the pursuit of perfection. We want everything to be just right, and that mindset can hold us back from actually getting things done. That’s why it’s important to shift our focus away from perfection and towards progress.

When we celebrate progress, we acknowledge the effort we’ve put in and the steps we’ve taken towards our goals. Even small wins are worth celebrating, because they represent forward movement. This positive reinforcement can be motivating and help us stay on track.

It’s also important to remember that progress doesn’t always mean smooth sailing. We may encounter obstacles or make mistakes, but those experiences are valuable learning opportunities. When we’re too focused on perfection, we may be more inclined to give up when things get tough. But if we’re celebrating progress, we’ll be more likely to keep going and learn from our mistakes.

So, don’t wait for everything to be perfect before taking action. Start somewhere, and take that first step towards your goals. Celebrate the progress you make along the way, and keep moving forward. Remember that it’s not about being flawless, but about making progress towards the things that matter to us.

Perfectionism can be a daunting hurdle to overcome, but it’s not impossible. By recognizing the problem, understanding the root causes, shifting your mindset, making a plan, taking action, and celebrating progress, you can break free from the cycle of perfectionism and get things done. Remember, progress is more important than perfection…I try to tell myself this all the time. So, embrace the art of letting go and watch your productivity soar.  

Don’t let perfectionism rule your life anymore. Take action today and start living your best life.

Until next time,

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