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A short post today with an important message.
It’s terrifying to put yourself out there, no question. Most of us want to do our best and make a good impression, so we strive for perfection. But perfectionism can stop us in our tracks. In her book, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott writes that perfectionism is “the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”
Did you know there’s a powerful link between perfectionism and procrastination? It makes me sad so many of us beat ourselves up with the idea that procrastination is indolence when so often we postpone tasks not because we’re lazy, but because we’re terrified of getting it wrong.
In 2015, don’t let your need for perfection turn to obsession. Don’t be held captive in your comfort zone. Be brave. Take risks. Turn your vision into reality. If you make a mistake, so be it. Learn from the misstep and move on.
Don’t try to inspire with perfection.
Inspire with how you handle your imperfection.
It’s a brand new year, in Oprah-speak, another chance to get it right.
Because Neil Gaiman’s New Years post from a few years back inspired the above post, I leave you with his words and share in his wish for all of us:
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.