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GQ #014 - Jun 13.21
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What's the Opposite of Perfectionism? 

Perfectionism is only a problem if it's holding you back.

Perfectionism can rob you of your time, create unnecessary stress and prevent you from taking action. Without taking action you can’t get feedback, learn or iterate on your actions to get better. It's most dangerous when you aren't aware that you have fallen into it.

Perfectionism is the e-brake on your journey of growth.

One thing that fuels perfectionism is not identifying what's "done enough". A grand and perfect vision can keep you from starting. Not clarifying the minimum viable product you need to move on may keep you working behind the scenes until you run out of time or energy at which point the project goes to languish in the cemetery of the unfinished. 

A simple strategy can release perfectionism and get you moving

Take the time to identify whether it matters more right now to strive for excellence or to focus on done. A practice to keep perfectionism in check is to decide for yourself what "done enough" means. Write down what's the minimal amount needed to create the result you want. Write down what getting this result with this "done enough" mindset will give you. Sometimes done enough gives you time and energy to enjoy what really matters.

I believe the opposite of perfectionism is completionism. 


What do you think is the opposite of perfectionism? I'd love to hear your ideas or reflections on this.  Reply to this email and let me know.

In other words...

“As completeness is always imperfect,so perfection is always incomplete.”
- Carl Jung

"Perfectionism attaches to what is valued in the culture."
- Gloria Steinem

"Perfectionism rarely begets perfection, or satisfaction- only disappointment."
- Ryan Holiday

A good question...

Where am I letting perfectionism hold me back?

Until next Sunday,
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