I was scrolling through Facebook earlier this morning, and I came across a post from Jarrid Wilson that read, “Perfection paralyzes potential”.
WHOA, stop right there… that speaks VOLUMES!
I have read thousands of quotes on perfectionism; literally thousands. I’m obsessed with quotes (Yes, I’m that person), but today for some reason this quote really stuck with me. It was what I needed to wake up from the paralyzing pain of perfectionism, and start living, start doing, again.
Perfectionism makes me scrap my best ideas (because it could always be better). perfectionism stops me in my tracks and paralyzes me. It completely overtakes my world.
I can’t think. I can’t create. Most importantly, I can’t be me when the lies of perfectionism creep in.
It may seem overdramatic to some, but I have filmed an entire video for my YouTube channel, sat down to edit, and deleted it all. Actually, if I’m being completely honest, I’ve done this many, many times. I didn’t like the lighting, the shirt I was wearing, how my hair looked, or how I wasn’t centered perfectly. It’s always the smallest, most insignificant details that stop me. And if you know me, you know I don’t have a lot of energy (due to having autoimmune diseases), so that’s a big deal to scrap all my footage just because of something so silly. But that’s perfectionism.
So, while this blog post may not be the most inspirational piece I’ve ever written, I’m okay with that.
It makes me cringe, and my left eye may be twitching as I press “publish”, but I’m okay with it.
I’m chipping away at the barrier of perfectionism, and that’s something to celebrate.
If you happen to be in the same boat as I am, do something today that crosses that dangerous line of perfection. You may feel a little nauseous at first, but I promise it gets better!