[58] Why Perfection is a Dangerous Illusion

Ep 58 - Create & Thrive Podcast

It is not healthy to strive for perfection. If we think everything has to be ‘perfect’ for us to start, we are likely to let ourselves down as perfection is and will always be an unattainable goal.

Many people have problems dealing with the idea of perfection and it can often scare us into not doing anything at all! This fear stops us from starting so many things – from starting our business, launching a new product, putting that instagram post up, telling people about what we do… and the list continues.

Perfection is not something you can hold onto – though you may experience a perfect moment, it is never lasting. And aiming for perfection will always fail – it’s better to aim for excellence (or even, sometimes, good-enough!).

So – how can we overcome this roadblock of perfectionism in our lives and businesses?

Instead of getting caught in this trap of feeling like what you do is never good enough, listen to this episode, as I give you some insight into how to view what you do in a healthier, happier, and more attainable manner. I talk about what it really takes to be successful – and it has nothing to do with being perfect!

I also share some very personal moments from my own life recently, which brought this lesson home to me via the juxtaposition of happiness and loss.

 

 

Ep 58 quote - Jess

 

 

Quotes and highlights from this Episode:

  • It can be so easy to get caught up in the idea of perfection.
  • The idea of something being perfect is an illusion.
  • The idea of perfection can really hold us back from achievements.
  • If you are always waiting to reach perfection you will never be happy.
  • You should strive for excellence and not perfection.
  • ‘Don’t ever think ‘this isn’t perfect, I can’t put it out there’.’ {Jess}
  • Some days life just happens and you cannot reach your excellence but remember this is ok.
  • There is a constant fear of people discovering you are a fraud – everyone feels this!
  • ‘Everybody has the fear of being found out as imperfect and flawed.’ {Jess}
  • You are the only one who can push through the fear barrier.
  • Things only become easier through experience and when you spend a lot of time doing something.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others – we all have a different idea of excellence. Your insides are not comparable to someone else’s outsides.
  • It is all about consistency, learning new things, and showing up every day.
  • Don’t use perfection as an excuse to fail by never starting.
  • ‘Just start it, and build it, and grow it.’ {Jess}
  • Remember that you can’t be anywhere but where you are now, in this moment.

 

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