Escape From Perfection

by Marcus on September 28, 2011

If anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly to start with.

It used to be that if I attempted anything new I had to do it perfectly. And if I didn’t (and let’s face it, I never did) I would put myself through 7 levels of hell.

Nobody could put me down like I could. It got to a point where I didn’t want to try anything new, because I knew what I’d do if I cocked it up.

It’s been a rocky journey making the escape from perfectionism, but it has been worth while.

Now when I try something new, whether it’s a new Qigong exercise or trying to race a 2ft long fast electric model boat competitively I consciously give myself permission to do it badly – to start with.

Logically it is unreasonably to expect to do something new perfectly the first time we try it. But when did logic apply to human behaviour?

To all you perfectionists out there I invite you to subscribe to progress instead. As long as you make progress with your Qigong or whatever new activity you are involved in then that’s brilliant.

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