By Andrew D Pope

Do you try to get things perfect before you release your work to the world? If you are great at setting goals for starting projects but poor at finishing them due to perfectionism then this article could help. There are many ways a project goal gets derailed but this one causes a big problem for many people. This article looks at some of the many mental processes involved and also offers some inspiration for you to start to close things out.

I hate being the bearer of bad news but here it is anyway. There is no such thing as perfect. Therefore, if you are trying to make something perfect you will fail. For example, this article will never be perfect no matter how much I rewrite it. I can simply do my best then get it out into the world. I can do no more.

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Many of us think that, if something is not perfect, people will notice this and either ignore us or, possibly worse, criticise us. This could not be more wrong or self-defeating for the aspiring creator of brilliance that the perfectionist undoubtedly is.

It is only right and proper that you strive to provide the best output you can for the intended recipients of your efforts. Notice that I said “best output you can” and not “perfect output.” Trying to get something perfect is laudable but ultimately misguided.

What is not laudable, however, is never providing those intended recipients with anything at all because you never feel your work is perfect. Do you fear failure? Do you fear success? Do you expect perfection in others? Do you really believe they expect it of you?

There is a law called “The Law of Diminishing Returns.” This states that beyond a certain point you get less improvement in something than the amount of work invested to make that improvement. Put more simply, if you get something as good as you can then more work won’t make a whit of difference.

Things you may see as potential defects and shortcomings won’t even be noticed by your audience. Remember, your audience is not perfect either.

If what you have to give or say is valued and valuable; people will value it for its own sake and not because it is worked, edited or polished to near perfection. Pour your passion and love into your work and people will get it, value it and lohasan64ve it likewise.

Make things as good as you can, by any practicable and reasonable measure, then get your work out there. You can always improve it later if you want to. People will give you feedback if you just ask.

I know that I can always edit this article based on feedback but, if it is not being read by anyone because I haven’t published it, then it may as well never have been written at all.

What valuable work are you holding onto because it isn’t “perfect” enough for you?

Get your work out there for everyone’s benefit.

“Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams.” Dr Rudolf Dreikurs

“Perfection does not exist. To understand this is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.” Alfred de Musset

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