The Perfectionism

Anyone who’s ever created anything, whether it’s building a bookshelf or baking a pie, has in their heads a Platonic ideal (an absolutely flawless version) of it. That image often bears little resemblance to the final product, though. Sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s worse, but it rarely ends up becoming what we envisioned.


That disconnect can stop us from starting a task. It’s a fear that the final product, no matter how much effort we put into it, won’t end up as perfect as we want. We might believe that we don’t have the skills or tenacity to pull it off. Instead, we can just keep planning or thinking or researching or putting it off.


Procrastination can be comforting — while the idea is in your head, it will remain perfect and immune from criticism. Everyone wants to do something great, and no one wants to show off something miserable. If you never actually have a final product, how can people criticize it?


In cases like this, we owe it to ourselves to acknowledge that while we may fall short, we shouldn’t give into the temptation of thinking that we don’t have to give it our best. How many times have we either seen something that was obviously slap-dash and thought “Well, they didn’t put much work into that”? How much better to put just a little more effort into something and get a result that far exceeds what we envisioned?


It’s important to realize — and acknowledge — that we can only do our best and give it our best effort. Nothing in this world — not the Eiffel Tower, not the Mona Lisa, not the Taj Mahal — is perfect, and if we give ourselves some leeway, we can accept that our creations have merit and are of interest.



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