We all have times where we just don’t get things done.
We plan things, and don’t follow through. We put things off indefinitely.
There’s a reason, and it’s not what you’d think.
It’s not because people are lazy, which is what’s generally assumed.
It’s because we’re afraid that when we actually get to work, what we produce simply won’t be good enough.
Everyone has a little bit of a perfectionist streak in them, especially when you really care about something.
This is especially true when you write copy and blog posts. You want everything to be just right.
“Perfect” means different things to different people in different contexts.
But 90% of the time, it’s basically a Platonic ideal. It may not be something that can really exist in real life.
Plus, when you’re good at something — whether it’s writing, design, web development, or anything else — you have high standards for that particular thing.
It can be hard to live up to your own standards.
But eventually, you have to publish something.
Otherwise, you’ll never get ahead.
Perfect is the enemy of good. Sometimes, it’s okay to settle for “good enough.”
Embrace “good enough”
A lot of people say “there’s no such thing as ‘perfect.’”
Here’s how I like to elaborate on that idea:
When you’re passionate about your work, aiming for “perfect” may be necessary. But what you end up with is even better than “perfect” … because it’s a creation you’ve made that no one can take away from you.
“Good enough” is not an excuse to publish sloppy or uninspired work, though.
It’s simply a marker that helps you assess when your content is ready to be published. With each new piece of content you create, you’ll have a chance to improve and fine-tune your style.
The non-perfectionist knows …
Prolific writers learn how to gauge when their final draft is “good enough.” Missteps or mistakes still might happen, despite your best efforts.
Keep creating anyway.
By now, we’re starting to get comfortable with inevitable things that will happen when you publish your writing:
- People will disagree with you.
- A typo will occasionally appear in your final draft, even though you proofread carefully.
- You’ll change your mind and cringe at something you wrote a year ago.
And as you continue to get comfortable with the uncomfortable aspects of publishing, you strengthen your resilience and build your confidence.
You can learn more about the drawbacks of excessive perfectionism in the full article from Copyblogger.