Is Perfectionism Holding You Back?

August 24, 2015

I think it's safe to say we can all afford to care less. At least for me personally, I look up to some amazing content creators who put out top-notch quality content, and from the outside looking in, it looks like what they deliver is at 100% every single time. That's daunting for someone like me, and for someone that's a bit of a perfectionist with their work.

Putting out 90% is okay

A big lesson I've learned with creating videos and writing blog posts for the past several years is you don't have to be perfect every single time. It's okay to shoot for 90%.

You should see how long it takes me to shoot my videos. I have to come up with the topics, script them out, and schedule the time to shoot. When it comes time to actually record the video, I put a major pressure on myself of having to know the script word for word. I expect myself to deliver the lines in one take, and that's just not the reality of it.

You can't expect yourself to deliver perfection every single time. That doesn't mean you're shooting for lower quality, but that you're more focused on the goal of improving and putting yourself out there.

With creating these videos and putting myself out there, I'm getting more comfortable in trusting my own voice. I know the message I want to convey, and I'm understanding that I can go off script. If I forget my place and need my script, I can quickly glance at my phone to read a line, and with the magic of editing, I can cut the mistakes, cut out the "umms", and cut out all of the dead silence.

Focus on improving, not on being perfect

This is still a big lesson I'm trying to learn myself.

I don't have to be a perfectionist. I don't have to deliver 100% every single time, and neither do you.

You don't get to see behind the scenes of your favorite creators – how much they struggle and the mistakes they make.

I'm a big fan of iterating in public—Making mistakes and learning from them is a huge value of mine.

Take pride in not having to be perfect every single time, but that you're trying, you're creating something, and you're putting yourself out there.

It's okay to put out 90%. You're learning. You're growing!

This video was hard for me, because – SURPRISE – this wasn't scripted. I didn't even have the idea for this video the morning I woke up to shoot. I came up with the video 10 minutes before recording it. I sat down, hit record, and hoped that it turned out with a message worth sharing.

I know this video won't be super polished, and I'm okay with that. I'm putting myself out there and sharing a message I have, and this is growth for me.

I hope you can relate to this message, especially if you're a bit of a perfectionist.

If you've struggled with perfectionism, share in the comments below! Does your need for perfection hold you back from putting yourself out there?

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