Michael and I haven’t been able to blog for the last couple of months due to a pretty busy season of life. But part of the reason it has taken us so long to come back to it is a mild case of perfectionism.
What can we write about that will encourage our readers? Do we have time to make it truly inspiring? What if it flops? What if no one reads it anyway? So, instead of writing as we could, we published nothing at all.
Finally, this week, I decided to just sit down and start. And you know what? Writing another blog post is not so impossible. In fact, it’s got me thinking, in how many other areas of life do I allow perfectionism to prolong my progress?
When dealing with chronic illness, many parts of life will never be perfect for reaching our goals. There will ALWAYS be obstacles, so it’s tempting to make excuses.
I’d like to lose 15 pounds and write my own kids book. He wants to start painting and improve his health. Together, we’d like to start a side business to supplement our income. And in spite of the complexity of our circumstances, these are things we could actually do if we didn’t allow perfectionism to get in the way.
With this realization, we are making a bucket list of some things we’d like to accomplish this summer. And they may not all be grand achievements, but they will represent a git ‘er done attitude instead of waiting forever for the ideal conditions.
What would you like to cross off your list at the end of this summer? If you were willing to let it be less than perfect, could you start right now? Your goals could be as simple as checking off a summer reading list, getting some regular exercise, cultivating healthier habits, memorizing Scripture, or getting out of the house no matter how poorly you feel.
Instead of waiting until the time is ‘right,’ why don’t you just get started?
“Do not despise these small beginnings….“ (Zechariah 4:10)
“Don’t wait for perfection. Do it, then fix it as you go.“-—Paul Arden