(Thank you sweet Esther for this photo.)
In order to read any further you must be imperfect. Oh hold up that’s everyone. We’re all in that boat. Read on.
Do you fall victim of wanting to be perfect in your life? Maybe it’s just one area in your life you’re obsessive over? I’ve been there. I’ve done that. Ironically, in striving for perfection in all of its glorified unattainability, I’ve actually held myself back. In running toward a finish line that never appeared, I’ve tired myself out.
If I had stopped the summer before my senior year of college and thought for a second about all of the mistakes I’d make along this journey of starting and owning my own business, I promise you I would have hightailed my behind home and I would have slipped under the warm covers – never to come out again. Being imperfect in the face of chasing my dreams, that’s heavy stuff.
But I wish I would have embraced that truth in all of its weight and then some. The truth of the matter is the imperfections are where the magic happens. No one ever grew from doing the same thing over and over. No one ever grew from flat terrain.
Have you seen this industry I’m in? It’s CRAZY TALENTED. Everywhere I look, every nook, cranny, and crevice on the web – there is a space full of work that drips with talent. Comparison is the thief of joy. Ever heard that before? I’m sure you have or maybe you’ve seen it pinned on Pinterest. (It seems we all need that reminder from time to time.) In the past, my way of “battling” all of this talent I was immersed in was trying to be perfect. Trying so hard to be perfect. Try try try.
And yet, there is no perfect. There never was. I was only running in circles only to let myself down again and again.
“The world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done.”
I saw this surface on the web today and it blew me away. So true. Stopped me in my tracks.
The journey for me has been about re-defining perfectionism in my life to this: Doing my honest to God best.
Because really, what more CAN I do? For my family? For my friends? For my clients and my business? All that matters in the end is that I know when I slip under the covers at night that I gave all I could.
Are you making mistakes in your life? Are you traversing bumpy terrain? Are you unsure at times? Yes? Awesome. That means your human. Now stop beating yourself up about it and move forward. Do your best. Do stuff. Do lots of things. Don’t let the fear of imperfection hold you back.
For an added kick in the pants, I want to leave you with a few quotes I pulled from this article I’d hug in real life if I could.
“Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing. Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there.”
” ‘Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’ “
“Thinking too long about doing something is often the reason it never gets done.”
“Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.”
“You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”
Go get em.