Have you ever failed to finish some homework, to write a blog post, or to do something important because you kept procrastinating? This happens to me often. It is so easy for me to get bogged down in perfectionism; I can be a bit obsessive-compulsive at times. However, these tendencies are a real drag to your productivity and mental clarity. It is that hesitation that can paralyze us and keep us from doing the important things.
It’s like they say; perfectionism is fear of failure wrapped in procrastination.
The deceitful thing is that even though I use my perfectionism to avoid failure, I have experienced a number of failures simply because of that fear.
Embrace failure for what it is, an opportunity to learn something you would have never really grasped otherwise.
This is not at all to say that you should do things poorly, but every once in a while just to get out of that loop you have to throw caution to the wind, punch fear in the face. Fail at the important things. You might fail, but sometimes failure is just what you need. The biggest failure can sometimes be a failure to act.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt