I think there’s a fine — or blurry — line between perfectionism and procrastination. Sometimes they are dancing so closely together, I can’t tell the two apart.

It’s easy to get stuck in the rut of waiting until something is perfect… which then quickly turns into procrastinating from simply pulling the trigger.

We all have our things that we want to get just right.

What is it for you? Maybe, like me, it’s design work.

It could be your writing project: that book you’re working on or simply a post for your blog.

It could be your art. Your business plan. Your big idea.

Whatever it is… you’re mulling it over. Thinking about it. Working on it. Praying about it. Pouring your blood, sweat, and tears into it. But it’s not perfect. It’s not done.

It’s close. But you don’t think it’s ready yet.

Perhaps, though… Perhaps it’s as ready as it needs to be for now.

Because an imperfect idea that’s launched has the potential to make the world a better place. But an idea that’s still being developed and perfected isn’t impacting anyone.

Nobody benefits from the idea, art, or words tucked away inside our heads, hearts, and computers.

It’s time to break up the dance of perfectionism and procrastination.

That thing you’ve been working on?

Go ahead and pull the trigger.

It’s time.

How do you know when it’s time to work out a few more details
and when it’s time to simply pull the trigger?



22 November, 2011

i get stuck in this dance WAY too often. between my perfectionism and my fear of failure, it is easy for me to never actually pull the trigger on something. in fact, i have quite a few half-written posts in my drafts folder that i need to open up, brush the dust off of, work on them a bit, and then just go ahead and hit "publish". that's my challenge for the week ahead...

    Trevor Roberts

    22 November, 2011

    Perfectionism and a fear of failure is a dangerous combination!


22 November, 2011

Perfectionism or being a perfectionist is a heavy burden to bear. For years, if I couldn't assure a reasonable chance of getting close to the "perfect" mark ... I wouldn't pursue it. With age comes a mellowing ... you come to realize that no one really truly appreciates the effort that goes in to perfecting anything .... I've resorted to calling myself a craftsman versus a perfectionist.

    Trevor Roberts

    22 November, 2011

    Good point, Phil. The majority of people won't even notice or appreciate the minor details we're busy perfecting anyway... And I like that differentiation -- a craftsman vs a perfectionist.

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