“If you can’t do it right, don’t bother doing it at all.” Do you remember hearing that as a child? I do.
Children don’t necessarily have that compunction to be “perfect.” Children do things for the joy of doing them, and there is no standard of perfection applied. Imagine if a child learning to walk had that edict! One try, one fall, and that would that. “Nope, I’m not walking. No way. I can’t do it right, so I’m not going to do it at all.”
When we apply the need for perfection to how we live our lives we destroy the inherent joy in taking inspired action. Inspiration so often challenges us to try something we have never tried before. How many times do beginners do something “perfectly” the first time? Not often.
When you require yourself to do something perfectly the first time you trigger major procrastination within. The part of you that is trying to perfect asserts its veto power, and stops you dead in your tracks.
One time I was reading someone’s blog post, and it had a typo in it. Trying to be helpful I wrote to the author to tell him. He responded that he was more interested in getting something done than having it be perfect.
I was so shocked. He didn’t care. He didn’t fix it. He left it as it was, with a typo! That was a big lesson for me. He had already moved on to the next thing, and he wasn’t going to spend his time trying to perfect what was already finished.
So maybe as Awakening Women we need to create some new definitions of perfect, or give up on the word altogether. Do you have a new definition of the word “perfect”? Or are you willing to give up on the word altogether? Please leave me a comment below….
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