Are you a perfectionist?
Writers are notorious for being perfectionists. It’s a necessary part of what we do. Believe me, if people find even one typo in our writing, we hear about it.
However, I’ve seen perfectionism at all levels of the workplace. And perfectionists face an uphill battle, especially in our rushed economy. More services and products need to be shipped out fast and obsessing over too many details can make the difference between your market getting it “just in time” or too late.
For perfectionists, learning a new skill is stimulating but then all too often, the perfectionist gets stuck in the learning mode and delays taking action.
If you’re in that phase, realize that whatever you want to do, it’s worth doing poorly at the very beginning. Don’t judge yourself so harshly. You’re learning. And the real lessons don’t come until you put your efforts into action.
Even though you don’t feel confident in what you’re trying to do… just do it. You’ve got to start somewhere and you’ll learn a better approach along the way.
As for me, I’m in research mode for developing a podcast. And my first attempts will probably suck. But that’s okay. I’m going to get better.
You also will get better. Believe it. Go forth and just do it.
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