Are you waiting to be perfect just to start, or are you trying to be perfectly prepared?
Writing my upcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection, prompted me to take a closer look at perfectionism. It stopped me from pursuing dreams for years, and finalizing my book was no exception to the rule. While it was hard to start, it was even harder to finish.
After years of writing, my manuscript was close to complete. Rather than move forward full speed ahead, I paused to learn about the release process. While I initially identified perfectionism as the culprit slowing me down, I quickly recognized the benefits of preparation. Just as I wouldn’t show up for an interview without a resume and knowledge, I didn’t want to release my book without a well-thought-out plan.
Visualize walking into an interview without a resume. If you hope to get the job, this may not be the best idea. While you don’t need to be perfect to submit your resume, you have to at least have a resume written. Although you don’t need to be perfect to show up, you have to arrive on time and present yourself professionally.
If you’re waiting to be perfect to start a job search, you’ll never create a resume. If you just send resumes when a response is sure, you’ll never apply. If you only go to interviews when a job offer is guaranteed, you’ll never show up. If you hope to get a job, you have to at least do your part.
Motivation to press forward isn’t always easy to come by. The following points help me to stay positive. Perhaps they'll encourage you as well.
Always show up with confidence and a positive attitude.
Prepare as much as you can, but don’t wait until you feel 100% ready.
Anticipate setbacks, and accept them as a part of the process.
Understand that things won’t always turn out perfectly.
Leave the door open for growth and improvement.
Be open to lessons learned along the way.
Prepare for goals and dreams the same as you would for an interview. Don’t wait to be perfect just to start, but make sure that you’re perfectly prepared. Results may not come as quickly as you like. You’ll make mistakes and face setbacks along the way. But if you focus on preparedness, not perfection, you’ll soon find your way.
Mindset is key. What you think about yourself becomes your reality. Believe that you can and you will.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
“Treasures Are Right Before Our Eyes, yet Many Miss Gems Searching for Pearls at the Bottom of the Sea.”