I've always been a perfectionist.
But I'm gradually learning that good enough is fine and that progress is more important than perfect, and that perfect is the enemy of done.
These are sayings that I have posted above my desk at work; none of my co-workers have really noticed them, but they're nice to have around. They're useful reminders.
But the best cure for my be good, my always proving myself, and my I must be perfect all of the time default mindset, is this classic lecture by Dr. Heidi Grant (start at 19sec):
In short, if you're like me and don't have time for a 20-minute video, science shows that people tend to have two mindsets:
If you've ever read or heard of the book Mindset by Carol Dweck, it's the same as what she talked about with growth mindsets (get better) and fixed mindsets (be good). However, I find Dr. Heidi Grant's work much more accessible; I've gotten alot further reading her book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals than I ever did with Dweck's book. Dr. Grant's audience is much more mainstream then Dweck's.
This philosophy, this belief, this faith is the underlying bedrock of this blog: that each one of us can work hard, improve our skills a little bit, and do it all over again tomorrow. And, in a month or a year we won't believe how far we've come.
So watch the video, and see if it helps you.
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