How to Overcome the Perfectionism Trap: Purpose Over Perfection

Every so often I meet someone who is extremely gifted or has a great idea for a new content creation project or business but they talk themselves out of moving forward or keep postponing the execution of their plans because they want to wait for the perfect moment.  I get it. We are all taught from a very early age that if we are to achieve results we need to be perfect, especially women, we are often told that they only way we can achieve anything in life is to be perfect at it. There is a perfectionism trap that many of us are caught in, it’s the idea that unless we get everything right we cannot get started. The perfectionism trap will have us believing that we are not allowed to make mistakes or that failing makes us a failure when in fact mistakes and failure are all part of our journeys of self-discovery. Remember to focus on your intention and on your purpose over perfection. If I had waited for the perfect conditions I would never have started my business for example. If I had wait for the perfect tools and been caught up on everything being perfect I would never have started my youtube videos, my videos may not be perfect but they serve a purpose.

It’s more important to prepare and make progress in pursuing one’s purpose than to wait for perfection. So plan, prepare and get started rather than wait for everything to be perfect. Perfection can be a real dream killer, if we wait for everything in life to be perfect before we live the life we’re destined to live we’ll never get to where we’re meant to go! Do the work to release yourself from the perfectionism trap – you do not have to be perfect to get started, just start.

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