When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target. — George Fisher
Unnecessary attention to detail might kill your creativity.
Many perfectionists have unrealistic expectations of themselves without knowing it. It ruins creative lives. Perfectionism takes away time, money, and resources. It is an unattainable fantasy. If you want to be the best at anything, you need to be the best at practicing and repeating more than anyone else and knowing when to let go. Perfection is an endless efficiency circle.
Anyone working in a creative field knows the relentless pursuit of perfection is time-consuming. The urge to get things just right never goes away. Strive to do your very best, but don’t aim for perfection.
The absence of perfection does not mean an absence of quality. Forsaking perfection doesn’t mean you should settle or make lazy excuses for your work. It’s amazing to have high creative standards and make progress toward excellence.
Yet, at any point in your creative process, you have to know when you’ve contributed enough to tip the scales close enough towards perfection without compromising the rest of your work.
The perils of perfect
“Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough ? that we should try again.” — Julia Cameron
Perfect lets you slow down, ask more questions, accomplish more reviews, dumb it down, safe it up and generally avoid doing anything that might fail.
That urge to redo, update, and re-edit your work until you get everything just like it should be is what you must avoid. Second-guessing yourself and doubting by looking for the faults in your work will only make stalling worse. Perfectionism can prevent you from completing your most essential and meaningful work.
Understanding the distinction between healthy striving and perfectionism is important for laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. As a matter of fact, it can be the way to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.
Healthy striving is self-focused: How can I improve and be better at this? Perfectionism is other-focused: What will they think? Perfectionism is a hustle.”
When do you quit working on something because it is not good enough? That is an crucial question you will face a lot of times on your creative path. Awesome creative professionals are practical and know when their work is great and most importantly they know when to quit the pursuit of perfection that is not achievable. You’ve only got a limited amount of time and resources to invest in anything. It pays to allocate your limited time and resources on getting genuine work done.
Choose to be your authentic self
Once you accept the fact that you’re not perfect, then you develop some confidence. — Rosalynn Carter
Replace perfect with happiness. Perfection prevents you from launching, shipping, releasing, hitting send or publishing your creative work because yo have great fear of failure. You fear that your work is just not good enough. You are afraid no one will buy it, use it, share it or suggest it.
Allow yourself to put your work out there without holding back. The moment you stop trying to be perfect, you will be surprised at how much work you can actually complete. You will be way more productive and happy with yourself. You will be happier and more relaxed. Your way to deal creative work will be different.
Nobody is perfect. It’s about time you become aware and focus on progress rather than perfection. Just do your best. That’s all the world is asking. You will make mistakes but that should not stop you from showing us your most special self.
Make adjustments in your creations along your path. Rather than striving for a perfect end, you should aim for incremental changes. It’s a much better goal. Stop questioning yourself and get your best work out there.
True creative geniuses are always sharpening their crafts, looking to learn more, improve new works or give a better performance. When you work towards continued improvement, you set yourself up for greatness. The key is not to make perfection your goal in the start. This frees you to focus on doing something genuinely stunning.
If you want to create something remarkable, learn to embrace who you are, celebrate your strengths and don’t allow your weaknesses overshadow your best work. Inappropriate focus to detail is the reason why you have not launched your work.
Really, get it right but don’t aim for perfection.