Today’s post is all about overcoming perfection paralysis, the paralysis that we create by worrying about perfection.
So, many of us stop ourselves from doing things because we feel like, “It’s not right yet. I don’t know enough yet. It’s not perfect, I need to fix it, fix myself. Lose 10 more pounds. I need to become the expert, or earn followers, gain more expertise, greater knowledge. I need more time.”
In addition, our heads are always thinking about someone who might know more than us, someone who might be better at it than us, someone who might be analyzing our typos and the way we’ve put things together and organized things. And you know what? You’re right. People will nitpick. People find errors. But those are usually people who they, themselves, have so much time nitpicking your stuff because they’re not creating their own stuff. Because they themselves are paralyzed by perfectionism.
I can tell you everything I’ve ever done, and I mean everything, started with a flop.
When I think back on how it is I ended up in front of so many millions of people in fitness, it makes me laugh because when I first started, I couldn’t get hired as a Fitness Instructor. I was terrible. It was just something I wanted to do to keep myself busy and, maybe, make a few bucks after work as I was studying to go to Law School. Actually, I was studying to get a better grade on the LSAT, so I could go to Law School to become a lawyer, and in the evenings, I just wanted to teach fitness classes. But I was lousy. I was terrible, and I couldn’t get hired anywhere. When I eventually got enough skills to get a minimum wage job, teaching fitness classes after work, I was still so terrible that I could see in the eyes of just a few people about 50 minutes into the class that they were going to stay just out of the kindness of their hearts… because my class was so terrible!
You can chose to continue to listen to the destructive voices that put you down, hold you back, and are so far from reality… or you can chose to change your thinking pattern.
Sometimes the missing link is confidence… with confidence in yourself and your decisions, you are less affected by what you think others are thinking of you. Confidence is the missing piece to a lot of things in our life. I can help you change that… if you want the tools to improve your confidence and get rid of those destructive thoughts, CLICK HERE.
Do not let perfection paralyze you! No one is perfect… No one! So just start and realize that the mistakes, the bumps in the road, are where we learn. They are what builds character and strength.
Pause and Act
When those destructive thoughts come in to your head, stop yourself, recognize it, and counteract those thoughts with the positive! Take some time today to write down at least 5 positive things about yourself, and when those negative destructive thoughts pop in, reach for that list and read it!
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