Do you struggle with perfectionism? If you do there's a good chance that it's blocking you from success.
This past week I have been working on an e-book which I first started about six to eight months ago. I got it almost finished but then got distracted by other projects so put it aside. I have once again revisited it and plan on finishing it within a fortnight.
Reading over what I first wrote several months ago has resulted in a lot of editing, which I think is a good thing, as long as I don't continue this process for the next two years.
When I work on a project I tend to get bogged down with the idea that it needs to be my best possible work, sometimes I can fall into the trap of striving for perfection. I have discovered though that perfectionism can create overwhelm which can often lead onto procrastination.
I believe that once we recognise this trait within our personality, we can work on it and overcome it.
I have come to realise that it is better to start something than spend years on the planning stage, and risk never actually making a start. Then once you have started a project, stick to a timetable or editing process, but don't draw it out unnecessarily. Get it finished.
I was recently looking through some Classic Car magazines I have in storage back in New Zealand. This classic car magazine has been in circulation now for over thirty years. I found a copy of the first issue they published and compared this magazine to a copy of the 20th issue and also the 250th issue. What a huge difference in quality and content between the first issue and the 20th issue, but also again between the 20th and 250th issue. When comparing these issues you could see the development of the magazine and the improvements that were made over the years, some quite significant during the first two years of circulation. To me this was a perfect example of a business making a start on a product and improving it as the company grew and developed.
I'm sure the consumers who purchased and read those first issues didn't scrutinize the magazine negatively. Being classic car enthusiasts they would have been happy to have had a magazine to read and advertise in.
This was a valuable lesson for me, especially as this magazine is still being printed to this day, when many others have gone out of production over the last thirty years. It just shows that a product doesn't have to be perfect from the start.
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