Overcoming Perfectionism

Overcoming Perfectionism

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that this is my fifth website and possibly 20th attempt at blogging. 

My first website was probably around 2007 and at that time blogging was a new thing. For me I was going to be ready to blog as soon as my website was perfect. I didn't have much money, so of course I was building the site myself.

Fast forward two websites later...I had a template website that I put together in dental school that was super easy to use, but I wanted everything to be perfect before I ever published that first blog post. So I kept working on the site and putting off the posts.

My fourth website. After dental school, a friend and I decided that we would start a blog together. We had tons of great ideas for content, photoshoots, contests, guest bloggers, you name it! I even signed us up for a blogging course that told you the best platform to use, which was not one that I was super familiar with, but I figured...I'm smart, I'll figure it out.

I had to upload a template, which meant that I had to find a template. I could upload the template myself or I could pay someone to do it. I could add these plug-ins and disable these plug-ins. Sign up for this, register for that. Needless to say, nothing ever got posted. 

"Every new skill is going to have a learning curve"

Looking back I was able to see how my need for perfectionism got in the way of my getting started. Every new is skill going to have a learning curve and you can't be afraid to make mistakes because mistakes provide the best lessons.

Perfectionism is another form of procrastination. In a sense, it allows you to avoid taking action. The best way to overcome it is to take action and let yourself know that everything will be ok. Everything is figureoutable.

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