“Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism…. Confronting your fears & allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier & more productive person.” David M. Burns
There is definitely a relationship between perfectionism & productivity. When we are afraid that whatever we do won’t be good enough, our creativity freezes up. To enjoy a colourful creative, vibrant & successful life, we have to trust in the inspirations that come to us, & act with faith that if we simply do our best & keep moving forward, everything will work out fine. Striving for excellence is different from striving for perfection.
I have had a tendency over the years to judge myself as falling short because I haven’t done a perfect job, by my standards. Judging ourselves is not empowering. This feeling can be heavy or uncomfortable or basically not feeling good. The word, allow, comes to mind – “to allow myself to contribute in life the best I can.” This stops the procrastination – if I haven’t done something, I can’t be judged, by them or me. If however I’m OK about just taking part, doing my best in this present moment, I can relax & enjoy the experience. And experience is what I get by just starting, even if heading on the wrong track – this in itself can empower & give satisfaction.
Enjoy facing the fears & limiting beliefs!