It may surprise you to hear, but one thing that actually holds many bloggers back is their need for perfection.
Of course, you want to be at your best so readers will appreciate all your effort, but giving something your best and being a perfectionist are actually two different things. And you need to focus on the former!
Striving for Perfection isn’t the Best Policy
Being a perfectionist prevents you from achieving goals, both small and large. Some bloggers have great ideas and work on loads of projects at the same time, but none of those would-be successes ever see completion or the light of day—the bloggers in question wait too long for them to be “perfect.”
Being a perfectionist can take an emotional toll on you, too. Sometimes, you’ll spend endless hours on a job and come out feeling like a failure because you didn’t finish.
Here’s the hard truth: your project will never be perfect. But only because perfection is unattainable.
You can strive to be better and improve upon a product or design, but ultimately, improvement comes after a launch, because you need an audience to offer feedback. Who knows? The flaws upon which you were so fixated might actually be what make your project lovable and unique to readers.
Let Others’ Judgment Motivate You
Basically, you can’t give your best if you don’t give it to someone.
Be courageous and allow others to judge you. Take their criticism to improve your skills and yourself. Your fear of being imperfect prevents you from sharing new ideas with the world. You miss out on a lot of opportunities, and chances are that another blogger will come up with something similar and launch before you do. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
So go forth and pitch your ideas. Be fearless when presenting something new to your audience. I promise, your true following won’t make fun of you. In fact, they’ll be supportive and look at your experiments with enthusiasm, positivism, and kindness.
As for the handful of people that do make fun of you… be encouraged by them. One of my coaches once shared:
A third of the world will love you, a third will be indifferent, and a third will hate you for reasons often unknown to themselves.
So rather than be fearful of what that third will do or say, use that fear as rocket fuel.
See naysayers and haters as those eager to stop you in your tracks. They’re the ones too lazy or unwilling to do the work themselves, so they thrive on seeing other people fail. Now who do you want to win: you or them?
At Blogger Babes, we want you to win and squash anyone who says otherwise. 😉
Live in the Present
Maybe the reason you’re slow to launch is self-doubt, lack of confidence, or anxiety. Those are all mental issues that prevent you from doing something because you fear the future. Keep this in mind: we’re human. We can’t predict or foresee the future. We can only work in the present.
As for denial, depression, and complacency, most of these emotions are derived with our inabilities to deal with or accept the past. Keep this in mind: again, we’re human. We are infallible beings who make mistakes and have regrets. The only way to get out of this slump is to find lessons from the past and apply them to the present.
It may sound like I’m oversimplifying things, but we’re talking about blogging here, not mortal circumstances that may need professional help. We’re talking about you doubting your ability to hit publish for a blog post, image, audio, video, or even a book. What’s the worst that can happen?
Don’t get bogged down and complicate things out of proportion. It’s supposed to be fun! You never know where you can end up, but if you don’t get started, you won’t end up anywhere. Test, track, and try again!
What do you think? Does the need for perfection hold you back? Tell me all about it!