Sometimes, there’s a voice inside our heads that says:
- Don’t show them your work until everything is perfect
- You’re not ready yet
- You won’t be able to cope with the criticism if it’s not quite right
- There’s no such thing as good enough
- We need to eliminate all possibility of failure
- I wonder what people will think?
This voice is a pretender.
It’s pretending to be your ally, but it’s really your enemy.
It’s not protecting you from failure, it’s holding you back from success.
Instead listen to the voice that says:
- Now is the time
- Go for it
- Let’s roll it out and see what happens
- Let the critics say what they want, at least I’m doing something
In the wise words of Brene Brown, “Perfectionism is not the path that leads us to our gifts and to our sense of purpose; it’s the hazardous detour.”
Writer Anne Lamott puts it this way, “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”
So, stop listening to the voice of perfectionism and free yourself to start taking the action necessary to achieve your goals.
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