At some point we've all done it & probably 99% of us will do it again at some point. We've become trapped in our quest for perfection, we cannot move forward as nothing we do will be good enough. Ever. Whether it's the perfectly written blog post, or the perfectly balanced design, even just the perfectly coiffed eyebrows. Elizabeth Gilbert said it brilliantly "In any event, perfection is unachieveable. It's a myth, it's a trap and a hamster wheel that will run you to death."
Most recently I was putting together an email series for Claire Salisbury Studios, and it was taking way longer than it should of done, hours longer than it should have done. I was getting quite frustrated and ready to give up my quest to write the perfect emails.
Then I had the AHA! moment, there was a roll of thunder, a flash of super white lightning & possibly a choir of angels singing somewhere in the background. A loud voice boomed in my head "Done is better than perfect!"
All of a sudden inspiration hit and I had to write it down immediately before I forgot an all I had to hand was a cardboard carton from a box of Toffifee
It was a proper facepalm moment, but I have to admit that I did feel the pressure of having to create the most perfect emails with the most perfect photos lifted as the realisation that "done is better than perfect" really sank in.
So many times I've said this to my creative or indie business friends when they're unsure about doing something new "just get it out there, then tweak it" When you think about it, it really is the most sensible thing to do, if you're waiting for perfection, you'll be waiting a long time. But not once have I ever said this to myself!
So I made a cup of tea and went back to working on email writing. It isn't perfect, but, it was done, it is colourful and I'm happy with that!
Do you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, overthinking everything and doubting yourself when you're trying to get something just right? How do you deal with it?