Perfect is the enemy of good.
I think about this quote a lot.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist by nature, and this has only been reinforced by years of medical training. We’re told to give nothing but our best, to be nothing but the best. What if, in trying to being the best, you never get things done at all?
Sometimes, waiting for the best situation or the best time just makes sure that we never do anything. We know this in our hearts, and we use it to procrastinate. “I’m waiting for the perfect time to do it.” “Everything has to be just right before I begin”.
Even when we begin, we just can’t seem to get it done. We’re constantly tweaking things, trying to get it just perfect before we call it done. Perfection is almost impossible to attain, so it just means that we keep struggling with whatever it is.
The desire for perfection has held me back, a lot. I’m working really hard to free myself of that paralyzing desire. I’m not saying I deliberately do sloppy stuff just to say it’s done. I’m developing a healthier attitude towards doing things.
I decided, a while ago, to write longer, more interesting posts on this blog. My posts are usually about 700-800 words, and I was going to step that up to 900, maybe 1000 words per post.
I’ve broken the 1000 word margin three times, one, two, and three. Today’s post is 326 words. I seriously thought about just not posting at all, but that made me sad, like I was admitting defeat. Then I thought about the quote, and sat down at my table to write.
When things are not going so great, I remind myself that getting up and showing up counts for something. With some effort, I might get to good enough.
Not perfect, but good enough.
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