Is Perfectionism making you a Procrastinator?

I have no idea why being a “perfectionist” is often regarded as a positive thing.   In my experience, almost every person I meet who procrastinates becoming the person they dream of becoming do so because they are, in fact, perfectionists.

I think we are all guilty of this sometimes, we hesitate to dig into projects until we are ready to “do it right”.  Whether it is writing that book you have always dreamed of writing, or simply finally painting your bathroom, perfectionism can make us procrastinate getting started.

Fear of failure? Probably.  A little laziness? For sure.  But the biggest road block we place in front of ourselves is that feeling that we need things to be perfect before we begin.  I can’t tell you how many times I have had clients tell me that they haven’t organized anything in their homes because they do not know the “right” way to do it.  Intelligent, successful people living in a complete disaster because of indecision over which basket to buy, crazy right?

Let me tell you a secret, there is no “right” way to organize.  You will learn what works best for you through trial and error.  The only thing you need in order to have a beautifully organized home is the courage to get started, like right now.   Sure it may not be perfect, but I can guarantee it will be better than it is now!

I think this applies to everything we do in life.  We put things off until we have more money, more time or more knowledge.  We put off our dreams because we are afraid they won’t be the perfect thing we envisioned that they could be.  The sad thing is, by putting off our dreams, we are making sure they will never be anything more than just that, dreams.  We are failing because we never actually got started.


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