Perfectionism is killing your progress.
I am a self-described perfectionist. Always have been.
Pencils in line. Skittles sorted by color. I’s dotted and T’s crossed.
It’s not always a bad thing.
Perfectionism has instilled in me a deep internal drive for success and knowing that it is within my power and action to achieve my goals.
It served me well throughout school – helping me to earn A’s, Dean’s List accolades, and a Fellowship title.
It served me well in my hobbies – 100% dedication to marathon training plans and competition prep diets culminated in medals and trophies.
But, it has not always been good to me.
The pursuit of perfection is paralyzing.
There are paths that I never took a single step towards – because why bother trying if you knew that you could not succeed?
I have spent years putting off dreams because I felt like I didn’t know enough, didn’t have enough time or resources, didn’t have enough support.
Analysis paralysis is the state of over-analyzing or over-thinking a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome.
Type A personalities, like myself, tend to be described as planners. Part of being a planner includes analyzing – and oftentimes overanalyzing – the situation at hand.
My mind reels with “what-if” situations that never come to pass – they never had a chance to.
This creates anxiety. Anxiety creates fear. Fear prevents growth.
Yes, it’s important to have pride in the work that you do, but do not let that pride get in the way of moving forward.
Because your idea is not a fine wine.
It does not get better with age.
It gets better by doing.
Those who are against your mission and who are spreading misinformation are not waiting.
You can’t be either.
Don’t wait until you’re done with your degree to start writing blog posts.
Don’t wait until you’ve created a website to start marketing your expertise in a field when you already have hundreds of real-world examples.
My website is not perfect. My store is not perfect. My systems are not perfect.
I could always do with more training, better writing, and improved client interaction.
There are days that I feel like an imposter at my job. Despite a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nutrition, passing the Registered Dietitian Exam, obtaining certification as a Precision Nutrition Coach, and holding dietitian titles at two hospitals.
Impostor syndrome is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
But I wouldn’t have been able to help anyone if I hadn’t jumped before I looked.
Because, guess what? No one will know that it’s not your best work – that it didn’t match your vision – unless you tell them.
And I’m not telling…
Sometimes, putting something out there that is half-well-thought-out is better than not having anything at all.
How many things in your life can you look back on now and honestly tell yourself that it couldn’t have been improved upon?