I’ve been listening to a book on Audible lately— “How to Be an Imperfectionist” by Stephen Guise. I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m a perfectionist. In fact, I’ve posted about it previously… here. I’m not perfect. No one is! You know that; I know that. But at the root of perfectionism is the fear of failure— fear that the world will confirm our deepest, darkest fears that we aren’t good enough.
But we CANNOT let it paralyze us. We can’t let the fear of being less-than-perfect prevent us from pursuing our dreams, chasing our ambitions, and putting things out (however imperfect they may be) into the world. I used to tell myself that my perfection was an asset that helped me succeed. Of course, the desire to do things as best as possible has helped me become the successful person I am today. But… it’s also held me back at times too.
I recently released an e-book. I wrote it in under a month. It’s not perfect by any means. I’m sure there are typos. I wish it were available in print. Bottom line, it’s not perfect… but it IS something. And that is a huge, huge accomplishment. How many people can say that? I could have let the fact that I wouldn’t have enough time to “perfect” it hold me back from putting it out there into the world… but I didn’t. I did it. And, for that, I’m proud— as much as I’m proud for having written the book in and of itself.
I’m trying to apply my newly-found imperfection to other endeavors as well. I’ve gotten so many questions about why I don’t post more videos, and— trust me, I’d love to!— but the fact that I don’t have a “good enough” video camera or that I’m a bit of a techno-boob when it comes to video editing… has held me back from posting all of the nutrition advice & training videos that I’d like. Well… no more! My iPhone camera might not be the best… but it’s better than doing nothing! That is my promise to you.
Somehow, someway… I will perfect this imperfectionist thing! 🙂