July 2, 2010
I saw this quote the other day:
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~Harriet Braiker
Then I found this one,
and this one,
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. ~Anne Lamott
This is me. I am paralyzed by perfectionism…and it does feel oppressive. It seriously hangs like a dark cloud in my life. (And as an example, I just spent way too long looking for a “dark cloud” image, but of course, couldn’t find the perfect one.)
My brain is FULL of things I’m going to do — great ideas and exciting dreams. The problem is that they stay in my brain. They also stay in my journal(s) where I start them and then scrap them because I criticize myself right out of them (“Oh, it probably wouldn’t work anyway. It’s a dumb idea.”).
I hate it. I’m on a quest for freedom.
Got any advice for me?