Quit trying to be perfect

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A Simple equation: the villain of productivity = Procrastination + Perfectionism.

Do you know the true villain of productivity? It’s perfectionism.

I’m going to brutally honest with you: I'm a recovering perfectionist and it’s something I still struggle with a lot.

And do you know the crazy part?

My perfectionist tendencies have held me back from doing so many things that when I think about it don’t even make sense!

You see, the thing about waiting for the perfect moment when the conditions are 100% right is a giant fallacy. The conditions will never be completely right - you have to take the moment and make it right for you.

The big myth about being ‘perfect’ is that it will keep you in the waters of safety, because if you’re perfect, then everything will be ok.

I hate to break it to you but this notion of ‘perfect' doesn’t keep you safe - it exhausts you, overwhelms you and constantly makes you feel like you are not good enough.

And you are enough. More than enough

When we constantly focus our energy on being perfect all the time, it slows us down, prevents us from creating and taking the all important step to making it happen: action!

The ironic part is that the more action we take (yep even in less than perfect conditions) the more we develop our skills, learn more about what we’re good at, what you like and what you don’t like. 

Being a creative person involves taking risks. To take risks you need to be brave and let go of the idea that you are going to create something perfect.

To be creative is to create. 

To create you must take action.

It is all about the action!

Today I want to challenge you this: Think of a genius idea that you’ve had or something you have created but then quickly dropped because you didn’t think it was good enough. 

Then, reflect on these two things:

  • What would be the worst thing that could happen if you took action?
  • What would be the best thing that could happen if you took action? 

When we stall on taking action, we place limits on ourself for growth. And by limiting your growth you stay stuck, get frustrated and it ultimately stops you from reaching your full potential.

Your challenge today:

Make one leap; break free of the “perfect” holding you back and focus on being the best version of YOU.

Daily affirmation: 

My life supports me in every way and I know that I am safe at all times.

To taking your next best step,

Rachel xo

Module 3Rachel Gadiel