Say it with me, folks:
It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be done.
It DOESN’T have to be perfect. It just has to be done.
One more time for you, but quite frankly also for me:
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT. IT JUST HAS TO BE DONE.
Now, I’ll admit this is bold talk for someone who’s allowed their perfectionism procrastination to terribly delay starting the last three assignments of their university degree, but, hey, that’s why I call myself a recovering perfectionist. I still have shit times where I allow these old patterns to temporarily disrupt all the progress I’ve made. BUT that’s why it’s progress. We have to stop fixating on the finality and “achievement” of outcome and, instead, become driven by process.
The “final” outcome for goals like this is a complete illusion. It does not exist.
Don’t give money to the man trying to sell you a unicorn and don’t give energy to this illusion either.
Unlearning 21 years of perfectionism conditioning is not easy. This is a complete rewiring of my brain I’ve been attempting for the past year and some situations, especially moments of stress or anxiety, make it really easy to revert to old, outdated programming.
This is the mantra that I have to keep coming back to to snap myself back out of the perfectionism spiral. And if I find myself still over obsessing, I’ll even shift it to It doesn’t have to be good. It just has to be done.
This isn’t because I want to intentionally make bad work. And, more often than not, the “not good” work tends to actually be quality stuff. The only difference is I didn’t completely burn myself out in the process and it probably took me a lot less time to complete it.
It’s not about not trying or putting in minimal effort. It’s about breaking down the mental block that prevents you from putting pen to paper. Or finger to keyboard. Or paint to canvas. I don’t know what you do. Point is, lower the pedestal you’ve put the project on or, heck, even demolish the pedestal completely and I promise your future self will thank you.