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Are you someone who endlessly tweaks your creations and has a hard time sharing them with the world? If so, you’re in great danger.

how-to-stop-perfectionism-from-ruining-your-productivityAccording to research, perfectionism is closely related to depression and low self-esteem.

And here’s the thing: If you’re a perfectionist, you’re just a procrastinator with a mask. It’s no different from someone who’s lazy and does nothing at all.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look. A perfectionist…

  1. Always waits for the right moment.
  2. Never makes mistakes.
  3. Always needs more time.

But at the end of the day, life and work is about outcomes. Results matter.

And if you’re a perfectionist you might get the outcomes someday. But the question is: When? And, at what cost?

If you’re worried about achieving perfectionism with any single project so much that you find yourself afraid to just finish it, then you aren’t being productive. Take a hard look at your work, edit and revise, then send it out into the world. If the reviews aren’t the greatest, learn from the feedback so you can improve next time.

Whether it’s perfectionism or good old procrastination – there’s ONE thing you need to reset in your mind to get you over that hump. Check this video from our favourite, Marie Forleo:

No one is actually perfect. We often have tremendous ideas or write things that move people emotionally, but no one attains that final state of being perfect. So, don’t get down if your second idea isn’t as good as your first—or vice versa. Perfectionists tend to be the toughest critics of their work, so don’t criticize yourself. You are not your work no matter how good or how bad.

Gary Capps

I live in the one of the most beautiful places in the world on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my wife and our 2 dogs, Poppy and Mia. Since 2009 I have helped over 15,000 handmade business owners to grow their business with our software and free tools designed for todays entrepreneurial artisan.

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