We’ve all been there before.
We believe that with just one more tweak and one more improvement, our art will be perfect.
3 months go by and no matter how hard we try, we never reach that “perfect” standard.
Perfection is an unachievable standard because nothing a human creates will ever be without flaws.
Also, the idea of “perfect” is so subjective that you’ll always be your own worst critic and continue tinkering with a work of art that might be incredible because of your unreasonably high standards.
What perfectionism really does is mask our fear of putting ourselves out there.
It masks our fear that other’s won’t love our work and accept us.
That terrifies us and as such, we either endlessly procrastinate or keep our work locked behind closed doors and keep tinkering with it until we get bored with it and move on.
Striving for excellence means doing the best you can while recognizing that nothing will ever be perfect.
When you’re at 95% and you have to spend another 3 months to get your work of art closer to 100%, that’s perfectionism at work - that’s your fear of rejection at work.
Your art will benefit 1,000 times more by putting your work out there when it’s at 95% than it will if you sit alone behind closed doors for three months trying to take it from 95% to 100%.
Because you’ll never get to 100% and you just wasted 3 months trying to do so.
But if you put your work out there, you’ll get invaluable feedback which will drastically improve your craft and your artistic intuition for the next time around.
To clarify, always shoot for the moon when creating - always try to meet your reasonable standard of excellence.
And if something doesn’t meet your reasonable standard of excellence, don’t release it.
But too often, our standard of excellence is “perfection,” which is an unreasonable and unachievable standard.
So always do your best.
Hold yourself to the highest, yet reasonable, standards.
Learn to recognize when your work is good enough for release.
Our perfectionism isn’t a badge of honor, it’s a mask, and it’s time to take off the mask and show the world our true selves by being brave enough to release more and more of our art.