You Don’t Have to be Perfect

I am one of those people who strives to be a perfectionist. I say strive, because I’m clearly not. I have to hire amazing editors to check my novels because my grammar is pretty terrible, I strive to “place” in any race I enter and I usually don’t, I try to create videos that go viral and I’m lucky I get a few people to like them.

BUT THAT IS OK. At least I tried. I was fortunate to take a class my job offered me, by Brian Parsley, who is a motivational speaker. Something he said really stuck with me. It was all about communication and perceptions, but there was one thing he said that stood out. “Stop trying to be perfect.”

You see, I’ll write a letter to a client for my job and I’ll obsess over it. I’ll check the wording over and over. Let it sit sometimes for a spell and then finally, after another eyeball, I will finally send it out. Well, if this letter is not a proposal, does not have rates or anything that will bite me in the tush, I now will give it maybe a “two eyeball” review and launch it to the world. I’m not going to obsess over a comma any longer. My goal and intention is there, clear as a bell.

I’m trying to use this philosophy in other aspects of my life right now. I just started taking an amazing free class on how to place ads on Amazon. I sort of stumbled upon it and in the first few days of viewing the first video, I made and published three Amazon ads for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. I’ve done some amazon ads before, completely failing at them, and after this class I learned every selection I did, was wrong. I bid wrong. I wrote the wrong type of copy, the wrong type of ad, the wrong targeting! Fingers crossed this one shows some promise. I’ll do some future posts about my experience once I learn enough to speak with a bit of educated clarity on it.

So I leave you with this. Stop always trying to be perfect. Keep trying, but don’t let that idea of perfection be what stops you from trying something new. Every single person started out as a beginner. Every single person has their own path, their own goals, and their own abilities. You be you. Let’s stop comparing ourselves to others.

We are winners for just getting out there.

2 thoughts on “You Don’t Have to be Perfect

  1. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. It took me some time to realize that, but it finally sunk in. DaVinci did the Mona Lisa – considered the most beautiful woman; Painter Rubens put to oil what he called the most beautiful women – hence the term Rubenesque. To me, Mona is okay, but not drop-dead gorgeous. And the Rubenesque women are today called ‘full-figured aka heavy-set. Yes, they are beautiful, but perfection? Again, it’s in the eye of the beholder. What YOU think is perfect, another will see as less; in the same vein, what they see as perfect, you may see as less. Be yourself. Quit stressing what others will think. Only then will you find perfection.

  2. Thank you so much for replying – I agree with you. I think it’s human nature to always want to do our best, forgetting half the time other people don’t even care what you’re even doing. They’re too concerned about themselves, right? LOL

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