This post (link and excerpt below) came up the other day. I am always trying to not be perfect. To not push myself to be perfect and end up (usually) not getting anything done, not even starting, or feeling unsatisfied (or worse) about something I have done, nitpicking at it.
One thing I do is never being satisfied. It is awful because whatever I am working on just never gets done or I redo it, start over, find another method, and change it, always thinking it has to be better – or that it is not good enough. Not that I am settling for good enough. I just need to stop, stand back and appreciate what I did and see it as good. Comparing what I have done to something else is a disaster for me. But, it is also how I find some really great ideas. So there is a balance in there, somehow. It is hard to find it.
How? For starters, by letting go of your need to be perfect at everything you do. Find something so important that it is worth enraging your prehistoric fears. And start taking action now notwithstanding what your lizard brain tells you. You are good enough to begin anything you expect of yourself.
Break your project, idea, task, activity or goal into the largest possible amount of sub-steps you can imagine.
Write all the steps down.
Go back to the first item on your list and find the smallest possible action you can take to advance it.
Commit to the process. Even if it’s 20 minutes a day.
Any time you stumble, just get back up and take another run at it. That’s how progress happens.
A work in progress pushes you to continue working on your goal.
People who are ultimately successful in initiating and maintaining major behavioural change usually do it through gradual, step-by-step changes.