For the LONGEST time, my biggest hurdle to achieving a big goal was my darn perfectionism.
Perfectionism is tricky, because it masquerades as a positive quality. It's not. I want to produce high quality work (and I still do), but if it wasn't perfect – I couldn't move on. Not anymore! My good enough, has to be good enough if I want to FINISH.
This was painful for me to overcome. But here's the thing: if perfectionism keeps us starting over and over again, we don't have any experiences to give us growth. It's like planting a seed and pulling it up any time something comes out of the ground and starting over.
The starting and stopping feels like we're trying, but we're not getting more than 2 inches off the starting line before we trip ourselves up and we start over because we didn't do things perfectly. It shows up like this: If we can't complete our 4 mile run that we planned – and only have time for 2 miles – we bag the whole thing. UGH!
Perfectionism is something I feel like a lot people can relate to to some degree.
We think, if I can't do it ALL, perfectly, why bother?
Why bother?! Because doing your best in the moment is better than nothing and will still get you results – but better yet, it keeps the momentum going! The tiny wins will turn into bigger ones if we're moving forward.
In this episode, I share some of Jon Acuff's secrets to getting to the finish line (from his book, Finish, Give Yourself the Gift of Done).
In fact, this book was so good, I am going to do a part 2 (coming soon!).
Tune in right now to learn how you can overcome the All-or-None perfectionist narrative that keeps us stuck as chronic starters – and let's get to the finish line!
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Links mentioned in this episode
Finish, Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff
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