Break Free from perfectionism
22 Quotes To Help You Break Free From Perfectionism
I can't spell and my grammar isn't that great. I am so good at misspelling and grammatical mistakes that I beat the algorhythims. I "outsmart" the automated spell checkers and grammar checkers. I've tried lots of solutions.
When I was young, I was in special classes to fix my spelling and grammar issues. That focus did help, but I wasn't miraculously cured. When I went to apply to college, I had no idea what I wanted to be and decided I'd work on my biggest area of weakness. Off to college I went to get a Bachelor's in English with the hope of fixing my writing issues and become a good writer.
What I learned in college is that my ideas and concepts were compelling and my content was excellent. But, my technical skills (spelling and grammar) weren't great. My grades were always A or B on content and C on technical.
Off to the Writing Center for help.
They turned me away. For real.
They said, "We are here to help people with thier writing ideas, concepts and content. We don't help with grammar and spelling."
It was at that moment that I decided to stop fixating on perfection. My writing was good enough because I was able to get my idea across in a compelling way. I wasn't going to allow my lack of spelling and grammar perfection to stop me from sharing my ideas.
Writing continues to be at the center of what I do. I have gotten much better using different writing strategies that work for me, but I continue to make mistakes #allthetime. I laugh at my mistakes, fix them (if I can), and move on.
I don't allow my fear of making mistakes stop me from sharing my thoughts, ideas, and expertise. I take action.
I see clients, friends, and colleagues delay launches, engage their auidence using email, or creating a lead magnet all the time. The reasons for their delay are:
Quotes like these help me checkin with myself and make sure I am not delaying out of fear.
1 - “When things are perfect, that’s when you need to worry most.” — Drew Barrymore
2 - “I was born to make mistakes. Not fake perfection.” — Drake
3 - “At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of failure. Fear of success.” — Michael Law
4 - “Good enough is good enough. Perfect will make you a big fat mess every time.” — Rebecca Wells, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
5 - “If perfection had a slogan, I think it would be something like: ‘Perfection, the preferred hiding place of people everywhere." — Kristin Schell
6 - “Practice does not make perfect. Imperfect makes us practice.” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana
7 - “To be courageous, we must be willing to surrender our perfectionism, if only for a moment. If my self-worth is attached to being flawless, why would I ever try to learn anything new? After all, learning requires mistakes.” — Vironika Tugaleva, The Love Mindset
8 - “Find the perfection in every moment instead of trying to make every moment perfect.” — Donnalynn Civello
9 - “Proliferation is greater than perfection.” — Richie Norton
10 - “Done is better than perfect.” — Sheryl Sandberg
11 - “Where perfectionism is driving, your shame is riding shotgun.” — Brené Brown
12 - “We’re never perfect. We’re always measured against a yardstick we’ll never see.” — Molly M. Cantrell-Kraig
13 - "We can choose to be perfect and admired or to be real and loved." - Glennon Doyle Melton
14 - "Perfectionism is internalized oppression." — Gloria Steinem
15 - “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” — Anne Wilson Schaef
16 - “Perfectionism is a dream killer, because it’s just fear disguised as trying to do your best. It just is.” — Mastin Kipp
17 - “Embrace being perfectly imperfect. Learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself, you’ll be happier.” — Roy Bennett
18 - “Perfectionism may look good in his shiny shoes, but he's a bit of an asshole and no one invites him to their pool parties.” — Ze Frank
19 - “Perfectionism is the art of never being satisfied.” — Unknown
20 - “Perfect is the enemy of good” — Voltaire
21 - “Perfectionism is a disease. Procrastination is a disease. Action is the cure.” — Richie Norton
22 - “Perfectionism is not as much the desire for excellence, as it is the fear of failure couched in procrastination “ — Dan Miller
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