Perfect will paralyze you

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor… It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life… I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die.” —Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

If anything halts me, it’s perfectionism.

I’ve written entire books that stay unpublished in a drawer because I’ve deemed them not “good enough.”

I sometimes fail to speak up because I don’t know the perfect thing to say.

I don’t exercise enough because I haven’t perfected my exercise plan. (Good excuse, eh?)


Today, I will practice embracing the imperfect and moving forward with good enough.

Today’s the day to let perfectionism go and make something gloriously flawed.