Good Enough Is Just Fine
When I start on a new post, I’m off to the races.
Words connect, the creative juices flow, and I’m able to get a lot done.
But as I get closer to the end, things start slowing down dramatically.
I scroll back and reread what I’ve written.
Shit. Everything sounds terrible.
All of it makes no sense. None of the concepts stand out. I feel like I need to revise the whole thing.
As these thoughts bombard my brain, my once-confident pace slows to an exhausting crawl.
Perfectionism is when the last 5% of a project feels like 95% of the work.
It’s when you feel like you’re close to the finish line, but you won’t allow yourself to cross it. It’s when you obsess over every last word, every little brushstroke, every final note. It’s the belief that what you have now doesn’t fit the vision you had, so you must work tirelessly to get there.
Perfectionism is the inability to let your expectations go.
The project status bar makes the most sense when we view it alongside this gradation of expectations.
In the beginning, you don’t have any expectations because you haven’t created anything yet. No one expects a blank notebook to be their next bestseller.
When you face a fresh canvas, it’s easy to try out all kinds of ideas. This allows you to build things quickly without much hesitation and…