Thoughts, Insights & Words of Wisdom

3 Lessons I've Learnt

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we catch excellence – Vince Lombardi

I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist, it’s an ever-present phenomenon in my life and probably yours too if you’re reading this.

And to be honest with you, it’s exhausting.

I hadn’t realised quite how exhausting until I began the process of creating our new online course content back in January.  Of course, little did I know at that stage, how the world would change just a few weeks later.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think striving for perfection is a good thing, it’s a necessary evil and it’s important to strive to be your best.  But, and it’s a big ‘but’,  when the pursuit of perfection results in anxiety and stress, that’s when it becomes an issue.

Let me give you an example: I used to rewrite almost every blog post I publish at least 3 times because I want to double and triple check what I’ve written. Ridiculous waste of time, I know. So it wasn’t until I signed up for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge that I realised it’s actually okay if the odd mistake slips through, or if something isn’t aligned to the exact millimeter.

Over the past 27 days, here’s a few things I’ve learned about being a perfectionist:

1. There is no such thing as perfection 

Perfectionism is subjective.  If you strive for your own perfection and you’ll be extraordinary.

2. Reflect on feedback, but don’t let it consume you

I am my own worst critic. But if someone else criticises me, I find it hard to take. The thing is, there’s always going to be someone dying to give you feedback or to find fault in what you do. So as cliche’d as it sounds, take it as a gift. Reflect on it, change it if necessary and then move on.

3. Let it go 

Be like Elsa.  Just let it go. You can’t keep rewriting, redesigning, recreating…or you will never get anything done. To someone out there, you will be brilliant, someone to aspire to, someone to connect with once all this craziness is over, so click that ‘publish’ button and…let…it…go.


Is the struggle real for you too? Feel free to share your thoughts, tips, insights; I’d love to hear them.

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Author: Jane Rennie

1 Comment

    Great reminder. I can be paralysed by perfection at times too and yes – it is so exhausting. Better done than perfect is my mantra for those times and sometimes I actually pay heed to it.

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