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Stuck in the the perfectionism loop? Read this.

focus goals productivity Nov 14, 2021

It’s been a fun week at the Jolly Zoo! I finished recording the audiobook for Becoming Future You: Be the Hero of Your Own Life and now I’m deep in editing mode. Editing an audiobook takes for-ev-er. FOREVER! And it causes me to continually fight my old nemesis:

PERFECTIONISM

I consider myself a recovering perfectionist, which means I still face moments when I have to decide between:

Do I want to keep tinkering with this until it’s perfect?

OR

Do I want to make this good enough and move on?

The problem with perfectionism is it’s a lie. I know it’s a lie. You know it’s a lie. 

We all know there’s no such thing as perfect. 

But it’s easy to fall into the trap of tweaking and polishing and editing and re-polishing and continuing to work on The Thing to make it just a little bit better. 

When really, if you would step back for a moment you’d realize… it’s done! It’s as good as you can make it! You need to move on!

Does that ever happen to you? Or is it just me?

For the last few years, I’ve been so good at remembering:

There’s no perfect without done.

I thought I’d never fall prey to perfectionism again. I was wrong! I was caught in the loop again just yesterday. So when we find ourselves in the perfectionism trap...

How do we fix it?

Step 1. Step back. Take a break, get some perspective, get a second opinion. 

Step 2. With fresh eyes (after your break), ask yourself “Can I achieve the vision I have in my mind?”

This might be the moment when you realize you don’t have a clear vision. You just want it to be better and better and better and better to infinity. You want it to be perfect. If that’s the case, you’re caught in the loop and it’s time to create a clear vision. What’s your goal? What are you trying to achieve? For me, I’m trying to reach the goal of having a FINISHED audiobook, which means at some point I’ve got to let each chapter be done. What’s this mean for you?

Step 3. Set a realistic timeline for yourself. 

A little time pressure can help you move past the perfectionism. EX: I can only work on this audiobook until next Friday. Then I’m sending it off for proofing!

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE

Are you getting bogged down on a project and not making the progress you’d like? Ask yourself “Am I caught in a perfectionist loop?” If so, walk through the steps above and get out of it!

You’ve got this!

Love,

Mel

Your 5-Star Life Coach ⭐️

P.S. Staying in the perfectionism loop is one of the worst ways you can sabotage Future You! If this is an area you struggle, make sure you take my free on-demand class!

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Tired of always feeling behind? Sick of feeing stressed? Get out of the sabotage cycle today!

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