How to Stop being a Perfectionist

The Types of Perfectionism

According to this article in Psychology Today, Perfectionism can be a positive thing if it motivates you to overcome adversity and achieve success. Toxic, or extreme perfectionism on the other hand forces you to focus on avoiding failure instead of seeking success, and that puts you in a negative state of mind.

Effects of Perfectionism on my Productivity

As an aspiring writer I was the victim of my perfectionistic mindset for so many years. I used to compare my initial trials to write a fiction novel to famous finished works like The Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire, and Harry Potter. Needless to say, my work always seemed of lower quality. That stopped me from writing that novel that has been lingering in my head for the past three years. But finally, I managed to break out of this vicious, self-destructive cycle. The solution was quite simple, but I needed to hear it from someone else to believe it was possible.

Overcoming Perfectionism

I started taking an online creative writing course. The instructor gave a simple piece of advice. He said, “Your initial manuscript is not supposed to be perfect. Do not try to make it perfect. Write what you have in mind. You can revisit what you wrote later and change what you do not like.”

Learning to accept the 80%

It is perfectly fine to revisit your work to adjust and tweak, but do not expect, nor aim for perfection. Learn to accept the eighty percent. The effort you will put into that last twenty percent, trying to achieve perfection will take more energy and time than the whole eighty percent you have already achieved, and chances are you will never get the expected results.

Start Writing!

Your writing might need some improvement, but who doesn’t? We all need to keep improving ourselves. Do not let Perfectionism cripple your creative process. And always remember: You are good enough.

A constantly developing person who seeks to inspire others on the road to self-actualization.

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