PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION // Perfectionism is an insidious trap that can grind your output to a halt and suffocate your creative spirit — IF you let it. “It’s not ready yet” is a story we tell ourselves that stops us from doing any good in the world.
Have you ever created something you wanted to share with the world but no one’s seen it yet because you’re still polishing? I’m talking about those endless tweaks that keep you from putting your work out into the world. All that time you spend hoping to get it juuuust right.
As someone with high standards who cares deeply about the quality of what I produce, I’m intimately familiar with the pull to keep polishing… forever.
Don’t let perfectionism and procrastination crush your productivity. While there’s no set formula, there is a simple three-word mantra that saves me from the endless urge to tweak. Are you ready? Here it is:
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None of us are immune to perfectionism. It’s a psychological barrier I still work on EVERY day. Repeating *PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION* works like a magic salve to ease the chronic itch to polish, polish, polish.
// What does it mean?
This mantra is about taking consistent action. Not expecting the road to be free of bumps, bruises, or detours. Not waiting until everything is perfect.
PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION pries me loose when I’m feeling stuck. Repeat this mantra whenever you find yourself questioning your next step or endlessly “fixing” your creations.
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