I’ve shared this quote before and I’m sharing it again, because I can’t hear it, see it, or read it enough.
Perfectionism tells me not to bother. Don’t even try. If I can’t do it perfectly, then it’s a waste of time to start.
So I repeat this proverb to myself:
Only he who does nothing makes a mistake. — French proverb
Its advice is the exact opposite of my internal perfectionist’s.
It tells me to do something, anything! It doesn’t matter what. It doesn’t matter if it’s smudged or sloppy or not quite what I had in mind.
Better to make something that to sit in the vacuum making nothing.
Perfection is beyond me.
But there’s satisfaction to be had in making something I’ve imagined. Even if it’s a quote card with wobbly hand-written letters on it that doesn’t look exactly like I intended.
There isn’t any satisfaction to be found in holding back.
Forget perfection. Satisfaction is better.
Satisfaction can be achieved.