I once read that to perform to achieve ultimate success, you should be putting out B+ work, not striving for an A+.
As a raging perfectionist, this concept was completely foreign to me. Don't you do everything over and over and over again to make sure that it's perfect for the world's judging eyes?
Perfection is fear in disguise.
Fear of failure or judgment is really what's keeping you from letting the world see your work. The thoughts are many and flooding:
"what will they say?"
"what if they don't like it?"
"What if they think I'm not good enough?
"what if they judge me?"
"What if I disappoint them?"
What word do all those statements have in common? "They". Congratulations. You've effectively created a safe life built around what everyone else thinks and nowhere close to what you really want.
What does happen if you do B+ work? But you do so much of it that all of a sudden, you're becoming a known name in your field? What if you start getting the attention of others because you're now on the radar.
Ponder this one...What if your B+ work is ACTUALLY most other's A+ work?
Perfectionists are looking for just that - perfection. The problem is, if you're a perfectionist, you're going to find a flaw in anything. You're going to especially find a flaw in yourself and the work that you are doing.
You are your harshest critic and that's hurting you. You can't move forward if you're stuck in the weeds, bogged down by the minute details that won't actually make a big difference.
So next time you're overly concerned about the outcome, look at the results you can achieve just by moving forward.
Want to move forward with me? Let's talk. I like to keep moving!