Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good’.
Voltaire wrote this bit of brilliance. I use everyday lately, throughout the day, to remind myself to not get hung up on things I’ve judge to be ‘imperfect’: moments that didn’t go as planned, things I say or do that I am embarrassed about, mistakes I make while playing my guitar and singing. When I get ‘Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good’ up on my negative judgements about myself, the lovely process I was engaged in comes to a grinding halt. Equally bad is when I have let ‘the perfect become the enemy of the good’ when it comes to my kids. When that happens I invariably say or do something I regret to my gorgeous boys. Perfectionism hurts everyone.
You might think of taking D L T P B T E O F T G on a test drive yourself one day. You’ll find that not only are you more productive when this is your operating principal, you’ll feel more at ease with yourself (ah, such a wonderful feeling!) and find that all things have a more magical, alive quality to them.
PS: Perfectionism, procrastionasion and Anxiety are strongly linked 😦